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Digital Divide Digital Equity National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

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.’

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. October 22, 2021.

Wikipedia Contributors. 2022. “Mignon Clyburn.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. May 17, 2022.