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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office for Community Technology

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Phone: 503-823-5385

111 SW Columbia St, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97201

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Digital Inclusion Week 2018

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Digital Equity means: Digital Inclusion is:
everyone has adequate access to and understanding of information and communications technologies regardless of socioeconomic status, physical ability, language, race, gender or any other characteristics that have been linked with unequal treatment. the activities and supports necessary to ensure Digital Equity is obtained for our
most disadvantaged populations

Digital Inclusion Week (DIW) is an opportunity to raise awareness about digital inequities and join nationwide efforts to close those gaps.

Throughout the week, organizations across the nation will host digital inclusion events and share digital stories that highlight specific inequities and the role digital inclusion providers play in meeting these needs. 

Throughout the week, DIN partners, community-based organizations, public agencies, business partners, etc. shared details about existing digital inclusion programs happening during the week and hosted local events related to digital inclusion. A snapshot of events was captured in a DIN sponsored Calendar of Digital Inclusion Community Events.

Mayor Wheeler proclaimed May 7-11, 2018 to be Digital Inclusion Week in Portland!

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proclamation 

 “My vision for Portland is one where every resident has access to opportunity. It will take a community effort to move the needle; no organization or government entity can tackle this important issue alone. That’s why I commend the participants of the Digital Inclusion Network for their commitment of time, resources and passion to this work.” Mayor Ted Wheeler, City of Portland

During the proclamation presentation, we were thrilled to have Rania Ahmed, from EveryoneOn, announce that a partnership between the City of Portland and Home Forward resulted in ConnectHomeUSA membership. ConnectHomeUSA is a movement to bridge the digital divide for HUD-assisted housing residents under the leadership of national non-profit, EveryoneOn. The City and Home Forward are excited about opportunities to learn from what others are doing across the country and to partner with industry leaders around a common cause. 

Mayor Wheeler signed an open letter offering his support for corporate computer recycling to programs like Free Geek. Free Geek's Corporate Technology Donations program repurposes technology to help students, low-income families, and charitable organizations access technology that they otherwise could not afford.

The DIN hosted the 2018 DIGITAL INCLUSION SUMMIT on Thursday, May 10. The 2018 Summit was designed to share insights, identify knowledge gaps and continue our collaborative work to achieve digital equity. Participants took advantage of inspirational keynotes, panel discussions, and networking breaks to help advance our collective efforts to build a digitally connected, prosperous community. Learn more.

Other ways to get involved include:

Use social media to spread awareness. Use hashtags #digitalinclusion, #DIW2018, and #digitalequityis(fill in the blank) to join the conversation and celebrate progress.

Collect and share your impact stories. During the week, record video, take photos, capture participant stories, write/blog about the event and its impact, etc. and share them with us at DigitalEquity@portlandoregon.gov.

DIW2018 is sponsored by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance representing more than 300 affiliated organizations in 38 states that work toward digital equity. Register your event with The National Digital Inclusion Alliance here: https://www.digitalinclusion.org/diw/