What Is Digital Inclusion and Why It Matters

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According to National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Digital Inclusion is: Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This includes 5 elements: 1) affordable, robust broadband internet service; 2) internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user; 3) access to digital literacy training; 4) quality technical support; and 5) applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation, and collaboration. Digital Inclusion must evolve as technology advances. Digital Inclusion requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional, and structural barriers to access and use technology.

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is working on Digital Inclusion in North Carolina. The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) has announced a new round of funding from BAND-NC, a grant program designed to meet digital needs and make North Carolina “first in digital inclusion.”  There are workshops coming up pertaining to digital Inclusion. Visit the IEI BAND-NC Website to learn more about the workshops.

Visit the Broadband Resources page for information and ways to take action on broadband issues.

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