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Workforce For Digital Equity

What is the future of digital equity?

How will digital equity be achieved?

Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy.

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) 

Digital Equity Creates Jobs

How will digital equity create jobs in the WNC workforce?

Businesses and employers can start preparing for future digital equity jobs by:

  • Ensuring all of your remote teams have access to high-speed internet, in addition to computers or devices they need.
    • Supporting remote work via terrestrial broadband, WiFi hotspot devices, 5G, or LTE data plans.
    • Checking in regularly with all employees to check that they still have high-speed internet. Never assume they still have it just because they did previously.
  • Sponsoring workshops or one-day digital literacy training events for students that teach responsible internet use and how using technology can boost opportunities.
  • Publishing a whitepaper or guide for educators that provides the best research tactics or teaching methods that promote digital literacy in the home and classroom.
  • Offering a digital job search mentoring program to help students and new graduates make their resumes and LinkedIn profiles “career ready.” Provide computers and internet access, as well as on-site career experts.
  • Sponsoring a coding camp or week-long tech event for students at the elementary or high school level.

Advocating for Digital Equity

Who is a major advocate for digital equity?

Watch this 1-minute clip TEDx YouTube clip on why Mignon Clyburn, former member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); ‘Fights To Close The Digital Divide.’

https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxA6rg0xOOxwdiBCkVh9JmnAQF-IBASXRl

Contact a member of the WNC Broadband Project team to further engage your digital equity ideas.


Knerl, Linsey. 2021. “What Is Digital Equity and How Does It Help Create Jobs?” Hp.com. HP. October 22, 2021. https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/tech-takes/what-is-digital-equity.

Wikipedia Contributors. 2022. “Mignon Clyburn.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. May 17, 2022. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mignon_Clyburn.

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Make Internet Available

Digital Inclusion Week (DIW) aims to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs.

DIW2020 is sponsored by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance representing more than 450 affiliated organizations in 44 states working toward digital equity.

Kenneth Merritt – “number one is making the internet available for everyone, making it accessible for everyone”

Digital Inclusion

The ability of individuals and groups to access and use information and communication technologies.

Digital Equity

The condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy.

Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment lifelong learning, and access to essential services.

Stay Connected

This is the best time in our history of the continental US is that we stay connected. This is this is a time where individuals need to be informed. The internet is a great tool to use to stay informed and you can do it

Kenneth Merritt

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Digital Inclusion Week

October 5th Starts DIW

Digital equity refers to whether people can access and effectively use the technology necessary to participate in modern society.

Starting Monday, October 5th; the WNC Broadband Project Team starts contributing to an international event – Digital Inclusion Week or DIW.

DIW aims to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs.

DIW2020 is sponsored by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance representing more than 450 affiliated organizations in 44 states working toward digital equity.

Call To Action: Show Your Support

Take our CTA or Call-To-Action and email DigitalInclusion@WNCBroadband.org to share your stories of how, when, where, and why digital inclusion is important to you and your WNC community.

Even better, please let us know if you would engage this topic with us on:

  • Facebook Live
  • Google Meet
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube Live
  • Zoom
  • Or your preference of a digital inclusion toolset

https://www.govtech.com/civic/The-Quest-for-Digital-Equity.html

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