Digital Inclusion refers to ensuring that all individuals and communities have access to affordable Broadband internet, internet-enabled devices, access to digital literacy training, quality technical support, and applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation, and collaboration.
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 Literacy refers to having the foundational computer skills to access and consume digital content, create it, and share it.
Digital inequities have been an issue in the District for decades. COVID-19 has amplified the digital divide, as tens of thousands of DC residents don’t have access to a device, home internet, and skills training. Investing in digital inclusion – access to devices, internet, and tech training – will help DC rebuild its economy post COVID-19 and increase racial equity, as Black and Brown residents get connected and gain the opportunity to build skills and careers in the new economy.
36,460 DC households don’t have internet, including more than 50% in Wards 7 and 8
16,288 DC households do not have a computer. 6.7% of African American & Black people are in households without a computer, compared to .8% of White people in households without a computer.
One-third of American workers lack the digital skills required for work, school, and life. 50% of Black workers and 57% of Latino workers need digital skills.