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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.
During the week DIN members spread the word through videos, photos, participant stories, social media, and service delivery to highlight the importance of digital equity.
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Released at a time when COVID-19 has forced many communities to confront their own digital divides, Digital Inclusion Trailblazers is “an honor roll of local government initiatives that promote digital literacy and broadband access for underserved residents.” NDIA created this honor roll provide examples and encouragement for community leaders seeking to provide similar support for their own community members.
The City of Portland applied and was selected for the 2020 Trailblazers list based on the City's progress towards meeting all six indicators of digital inclusion leadership:
“NDIA strongly believes that local communities are where real digital inclusion happens, and local government leadership is one of the keys to making it happen,” said NDIA Executive Director Angela Siefer in announcing the 2020 Digital Inclusion Trailblazers. “The COVID-19 crisis has made communities throughout the country painfully aware of the digital divides separating their citizens, and why those divides are damaging — to education, to economic opportunity and employment, to healthcare, and to civic and social connections. The 2020 Trailblazers are important models for effective action by local government leaders to promote digital inclusion and equity for all of their neighbors.”
The Study was led by our DIN partner, the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, with funding support from the City of Portland Office for Community Technology, Multnomah County Library, and Multnomah County IT Department.
The study as a whole reflects feedback from government agencies, nonprofits, community leaders, businesses, education, healthcare institutions, and residents of the Multnomah County area. And it attempts to highlight the current accessibility and future needs of communications technology resources and services for communities of color, people living with disabilities, and seniors.
Please follow this link to visit the YourVo!ce 2020 website to see highlights from the study and access the full report. We welcome your feedback, questions, insights, and ideas as we use the findings from this report, coupled with our collective experiences and expertise, to continue to flush out the goals, strategies, and outcomes in the next phase of the DEAP. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credits go to: Open Signal and MetroEast Community Media