Digital Equity

"digital equity is a matter of social and economic justice"

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Significance:

Digital Equity is the ability for everyone to fully participate in an increasingly, almost exclusively, digital society. To achieve digital equity, everyone must have access to the infrastructure, technology, and skills that allow individuals to engage in economic, educational, health, social, and civic spaces digitally. 

Exclusion from digital spaces carries a high societal and economic cost. This 'digital divide' has adverse affects on cognitive development, educational attainment, and skill building which exacerbates existing social and economic disparities, often along racial lines.

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Broadband Infrastructure

Internet access fosters community connectivity, economic and learning opportunity, access to digital economy, online services and quality of life improvements. In Washington, internet connectivity can vary significantly depending on where you live and what you can afford.

  • Availability of Internet
  • Affordability of Internet
  • Reliability of Internet

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Connected Devices

A computer or a connected device is a vital tool for accessing and processing information and data, as it is the first window to access the Internet. It also allows people to participate in the digital economy, find employment, obtain training and seek other basic needs such as health resources, participate in remote work/ schooling.

  • Availability of Devices
  • Affordability of Devices
  • Technical Support and Self-Sufficiency

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Barrier-Free Access

As services and resources are increasingly provided in digital formats, everyone can access them regardless of disability, language, etc. Creating and supporting barrier-free design, standards, systems, processes, and environments so that all individuals, regardless of ability, background, identity, or situation, can participate in, use, and enjoy the benefits of: employment, programs, services, activities, communication, facilities, electronic information technology, and business opportunities.

  • Digital Accessibility
  • Language Access

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Digital Skills + Information Literacy

Digital equity relies on digital literacy to drive adoption as well as encourage self-sufficiency, participation, and collaboration in digital spaces. Digital skills and information literacy training should be made available to support people using technology find, evaluate, organize, and communicate information. A critical component of digital literacy includes cybersecurity and online privacy. Washington needs to provide information and resources so that everyone may secure their online privacy and cybersecurity and enable every person safely navigate through digital spaces to access public services safely and securely.

  • Digital Skills & Literacy
  • Media & Information Literacy

 

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And More

  • Data Equity, Justice, and Sovereignty
  • Innovation and Emerging Technology
  • Generative Artificial Intelligence

Internet

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Broadband Infrastructure

Internet access fosters community connectivity, economic and learning opportunity, access to digital economy, online services and quality of life improvements. In Washington, internet connectivity can vary significantly depending on where you live and what you can afford.

  • Availability of Internet
  • Affordability of Internet
  • Reliability of Internet

Devices

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Connected Devices

A computer or a connected device is a vital tool for accessing and processing information and data, as it is the first window to access the Internet. It also allows people to participate in the digital economy, find employment, obtain training and seek other basic needs such as health resources, participate in remote work/ schooling.

  • Availability of Devices
  • Affordability of Devices
  • Technical Support and Self-Sufficiency

Accessibility

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Barrier-Free Access

As services and resources are increasingly provided in digital formats, everyone can access them regardless of disability, language, etc. Creating and supporting barrier-free design, standards, systems, processes, and environments so that all individuals, regardless of ability, background, identity, or situation, can participate in, use, and enjoy the benefits of: employment, programs, services, activities, communication, facilities, electronic information technology, and business opportunities.

  • Digital Accessibility
  • Language Access

Literacy

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Digital Skills + Information Literacy

Digital equity relies on digital literacy to drive adoption as well as encourage self-sufficiency, participation, and collaboration in digital spaces. Digital skills and information literacy training should be made available to support people using technology find, evaluate, organize, and communicate information. A critical component of digital literacy includes cybersecurity and online privacy. Washington needs to provide information and resources so that everyone may secure their online privacy and cybersecurity and enable every person safely navigate through digital spaces to access public services safely and securely.

  • Digital Skills & Literacy
  • Media & Information Literacy

 

And More

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And More

  • Data Equity, Justice, and Sovereignty
  • Innovation and Emerging Technology
  • Generative Artificial Intelligence