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.
It is important to note here the use of “equity” vs. “equality.” When we use the word equity, we accurately acknowledge the systemic barriers that must be dismantled before achieving equality for all.
- Credit: National Digital Inclusion Alliance site (link below)
Social justice education around technology and access to knowledge is a vital path in understanding the inequities of our digital realm. Below are a collection of links surrounding social justice matters within libraries:
From the FCC:
The Affordable Connectivity Program stopped accepting new applications and enrollments on February 7, 2024. Those who were enrolled prior to February 7th, will maintain their benefit until ACP funds run out as long as the household remains enrolled and eligible for the benefit.
ACP Wind-Down Fact Sheet:
December 14th, 2023 - San Antonio Named a 2023 Visionary Digital Inclusion Trailblazer
San Antonio is recognized for the 7th time in a row by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance for its work in Digital Equity. The article sites SAPLs Digital Equity Library Guide.
March 8th. 2023 - Digital Connectivity in Underserved Areas
The latest Request for Proposal about digital equity. If you live in an area that has limited or poor WIFI connectivity, this proposal may be of interest.