Digital Inclusion

The following resources were chosen to support community leaders who are either:

  1. Recognizing the importance of community wide collaboration to tackle digital inclusion and are in need suggestions for where to start.
  2. Have existing digital inclusion projects and/or community collaborations and want to expand or revise current efforts.

Planning: How to Collaboratively Create Digitally Inclusive Communities

  • Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action – A resource for fostering digital inclusion throughout the United States so that everyone can take advantage of digital technologies. The Framework is structured around a vision for the future, principles that define digital inclusion, goals to make digital inclusion a reality, and sample strategies for achieving the goals.
  • Bulding Digital Communities: Pilot - An OCLC project, funded by IMLS, to pilot Building Digital Communities: Framework for Action and document lessons learned.

Data: Making the Case for Digital Inclusion

Examples of Local and State Collaborative Digital Inclusion Efforts

The following examples were chosen for their focus on collaborations, their multifaceted strategies tackling both access and use of communication information technology and the availability of online documentation of their work.

Chicago

Rhode Island

Washington

  • Communities Connect Network
  • Communities Connect Network Poster – defines the issues and the impact of Communities Connect Network.  
  • Washington State Law 6438-S2.SL   Signed on March 31st, 2008 by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, this legislation relating to high-speed internet deployment and adoption includes the following:
    • Mandated “a statewide needs assessment of broadband internet resources”.
    • Mandated a “work group to develop a high-speed internet deployment and adoption strategy for the state”.
    • Created the community technology opportunity program “to support the efforts of community technology programs throughout the state”.
    • Defined "Community technology program" as “a program, including a digital inclusion program, engaged in diffusing information and communications technology in local communities, particularly in underserved areas.  These programs may include, but are not limited to, programs that provide education and skill-building opportunities, hardware and software, internet connectivity, and development of locally relevant content and delivery of vital services through technology”.