Digital inclusion is the distribution of resources – including broadband access, digital devices, and educational materials – that enable individuals to thrive in a fully digital-based society.
Digital inclusion is the means to create a digitally equitable society. Our communities will be digitally equitable when we’ve addressed the systemic issues creating a divide so that everyone will have the opportunity to live life to the fullest.
Across the country, unequal digital access has created economic and financial literacy disadvantages for our most vulnerable communities. We move our money online, book our vaccine appointments online and learn online. Technology and internet access have become a necessity rather than a luxury.
The problem expands across income, race, education, age and location:
Third party statistics sourced from https://www.connectingjusticecommunities.com/digital-divide-part-1/2020/08/ , https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2020/04/30/53-of-americans-say-the-internet-has-been-essential-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/ , and https://www.govtech.com/network/How-the-COVID-19-Pandemic-Shed-Light-on-the-Digital-Divide.html