What is Digital Inclusion?
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance gives the following definition:“Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies. This includes 5 elements: 1) affordable, robust broadband internet service; 2) internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user; 3) access to digital literacy training; 4) quality technical support; and 5) applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration. Digital Inclusion requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and use technology.”
The goal of digital inclusion work is to create digital equity.
“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. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.”
Find more definitions at: https://www.digitalinclusion.org/definitions
Digital Access & Education
at the State Library
The Digital Access & Education Program oversees the creation of a robust, equitable network of digital access and education programs in libraries and community partners throughout Utah. This program is supported by a two year funding award from the Utah State Board of Education.