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City Digital Inclusion Coalitions

  • Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion

    The Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion facilitates collaboration among organizations and initiatives working to bridge the digital divide in order maximize resources for the greatest impact.

  • Technology Literacy Collaborative

    The Technology Literacy Collaborative is a network of digital inclusion supporters committed to sharing best practices, advocating for technology and digital literacy skills and access, and promoting collaborative efforts.

  • Digital Empowerment Community of Austin

    The Digital Empowerment Community of Austin (DECA) is a network of nonprofits, educational institutions and other stakeholders working to improve the Austin community’s ability to participate in digital society.

  • KEYSPOT (Philadelphia)

    KEYSPOT is a network of public, private and nonprofit organizations that provide technology, training and other opportunities through community-based public access centers. KEYSPOT is dedicated to improving education, economic and social outcomes for all Philadelphians through technology.

  • Portland Digital Inclusion Network

    Portland Digital Inclusion Network
    The Portland Digital Inclusion Network is a coalition of community organizations interested in raising awareness about digital equity barriers and developing solutions to bridge the digital divide.

  • Connect Chicago

    Portland Digital Inclusion Network
    Connect Chicago is a cross-sector civic leadership initiative that seeks to make Chicago the most digitally skilled, connected and dynamic city in America.

Digital Inclusion
Digital Inclusion Programs

  • Community Technology Network

    Community Technology Network works with a variety of underserved populations in the Bay Area to improve their digital literacy through training and education.

  • Tech Goes Home

    Tech Goes Home (TGH) was founded in 2000 and is a national award-winning initiative empowering communities to access and use digital tools to overcome barriers and advance lives.

  • Tech Goes Home Chattanooga

    Tech Goes Home Chattanooga (TGH CHA) is The Enterprise Center’s new digital inclusion program for residents across Hamilton County.

  • DANEnet

    DANEnet has served Dane County nonprofit organizations since 1995 by offering on-site technical support, technical training and technical planning and consulting services.

  • California Emerging Technology Fund

    The California Emerging Technology Fund 2017 annual survey, Internet Connectivity and the “Digital Divide” in California Households tracks the progress of broadband deployment and adoption throughout California.

  • Connect.DC

    Connect.DC works to bridge the digital divide by making technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents.

  • WinstonNet

    For over 15 years, WinstonNet has been working to close the digital divide in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

  • Connect Your Community

    Connect Your Community is a nonprofit organization based in Cleveland that is working to develop sustainable strategies to help disconnected people and communities to overcome their “digital exclusion” and join the digital mainstream.

Digital Literacy Articles/Blog Posts

  • The Ultimate Guide to Digital Literacy

    In this ultimate guide, TechBoomers.com gives you a complete breakdown of digital literacy.

  • Guide to the Digital Divide: Causes, Impact, and Solutions

    This subject is of increasing importance, and TechBoomers.com wants you to be fully in the know. Read on and learn more about the impact of the digital divide.

  • Importance of Digital Literacy: 13 Ways It Can Improve Lives

    If you don’t want to fall behind, you need to be proactive in your learning of digital technologies. Think of learning digital literacy as an opportunity for learning how to make your life easier, rather than something you need to struggle to keep up with.

  • Best Digital Literacy Websites: 32 Great Resources and Tools

    Check out this list of 32 of the best digital literacy websites. These websites are 100% free to use!

  • The Guide to Digital Competence + 6 Steps to Become Digitally Competence

    Digital competence is the ability to not only understand and make use of digital technologies and systems, but also to possess the confidence to use them creatively, critically and without assistance.

  • 17 Ways to Enhance Your Digital Skills at Home and in the Workplace

    Possessing digital skills is so important in today’s modern world, having digital skills is essential, both for your personal life, and in the workplace.

  • Types and Examples of Digital Literacy That Improve Lives

    Obtaining basic digital skills around the house will be the backbone of your ability to integrate them into other aspects of your life.

  • 14 Digital Literacy Articles You Should Read Immediately

    To help you better understand the world of digital skills, here are 14 articles you should read right away! They are sorted into easy categories so whether you’re looking for information on digital literacy in the classroom, the workplace, the home or anywhere else, these are great posts to get started with.

  • 8 Sites with Free Digital Literacy Courses and How to Use Them

    If you want to learn how to improve your digital literacy skills, here is the solution for you. This article outlines a list of the 8 best sites for free online learning.

  • 5 Characteristics of Effective Digital Literacy Programs

    Digital literacy programs are educational sessions that help to train those with the inability to make use of digital technologies and the internet independently. They teach digital skills that can be applied to the user’s life, making tasks easier, faster and safer.

  • How to Create a Digital Literacy Curriculum

    Here are seven simple steps to creating your own digital literacy curriculum. It’s not as challenging as you may think to introduce digital literacy across the curriculum you currently teach.

  • Teaching Digital Literacy Skills in the Classroom, Workplace and Community

    This article explains the differences between teaching these skills in the classroom environment, teaching them to improve job performance and teaching to help the community.

  • The Meaning of Digital Readiness

    Since the late 1990s, inequalities in tech adoption have been characterized as the “digital divide,” and the focus has been mainly on the binary “haves versus have nots.” However, there has recently been a pivot in the technology adoption discussion that looks at people’s preparedness, such as their digital skills and their trust in technology, which may influence their use of digital tools separate from their access to them. The term often used to capture these factors is “digital readiness.”

  • Digital Readiness Gaps

    Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge.

  • Broadband's Impact

    This research article from Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development is intended to highlight some of the more salient research findings on the impact of broadband internet on individuals, communities and regions.

Digital Literacy Training Resources

  • https://www.gcflearnfree.org/

    Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge.

  • https://www.digitallearn.org/

    If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, digitallearn.org has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

  • Learn My Way

    Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping users develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.

  • Connected Nation

    Connected Nation believes that states, communities, families and individuals can realize great economic and social advantages when broadband availability in underserved areas and broadband use in all areas is increased.

  • Technology Learning Collaborative

    The mission of the Technology Learning Collaborative is to sustain a robust network of community-based organizations doing digital literacy work, improve and expand programming across Philadelphia, share and promote member resources to the wider communities it serves, offer professional training and development for member staff, collaborate on high priority interest areas, and advocate for projects and programs that promote digital literacy and reduce the digital divide.

  • Northstar Digital Literacy Project

    The Northstar Digital Literacy Project defines basic skills needed to perform tasks on computers and online. The ability of adults to perform these tasks can be assessed through online, self-guided modules. Included are basic computer digital literacy standards and modules in ten main areas: Basic Computer Use, Internet, Windows Operating System, Mac OS, Email, Microsoft Word, Social Media, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Information Literacy. Northstar is an assessment, not a curriculum.

  • NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

    NTEN believes that technology allows nonprofits to work with greater social impact. It enables its members to strategically use technology to make the world a better, more just and equitable place. NTEN facilitates the exchange of knowledge and information within its community. It connects its members to each other, provides professional development opportunities, educates its constituency on issues of technology use in nonprofits and spearheads groundbreaking research, advocacy and education on technology issues affecting the entire community.

  • NDIA Digital Inclusion Resource Library

    The Digital Inclusion Resource Library is a community-driven materials hub, where practitioners, policy-makers, librarians and educators can submit their best documents and slides, distribute community broadband plans, localize curricula, and share out their best practices.

National Digital Inclusion Coalitions
  • National Digital Inclusion Alliance

    The National Digital Inclusion Alliance is a unified voice for home broadband access, public broadband access, personal devices and local technology training and support programs. It works collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate financial and operational resources for digital inclusion programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public.

Technology, Internet and Digital Divide Research Organizations

  • ASA Communication, Information Technologies and Media Sociology Section

    As the national organization for sociologists, the American Sociological Association, through its executive office, is well positioned to provide a unique set of services to its members and to promote the vitality, visibility and diversity of the discipline. Working at the national and international levels, the association aims to articulate policy and implement programs likely to have the broadest possible impact for sociology now and in the future.

  • Community Informatics Research Network

    The wiki-based Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Commons is to be one of the main resources of the CIRN community, next to the annual Prato conference and the Journal of Community Informatics. It is the successor to the ciresearch.net site, and should contain a dynamic knowledge repository necessary for community informatics research and practice to be done more effectively and efficiently.

  • International Association for Media and Communication Research – Communication Policy and Technology Section

    The Communication Policy and Technology Section’s focus is on communication policy, with a keen interest in the socio-economic aspects of technological change. The Section welcomes theoretical and empirical studies and research that bridges theory and practice by offering scientific reflection as well as guidelines for political action. It does not adhere to any single philosophical or theoretical school, but encourages research that is critical.

  • International Association for Media and Communication Research – Digital Divide Working Group

    The aims of the Digital Divide Working Group is to contribute to theoretical understanding of inequality in access to information and media in the new digital environment; trace the development of new media through the concept of digital divide; identify gaps and inconsistencies in the digital media world, their origins and development; specify problems for media and communication systems brought about by ICT progress in local, national and global environments; promote better communication between researchers from different countries and continents; support innovative research in the field and support young researchers.

  • International Communication Association

    International Communications Association (ICA) is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication. ICA began more than 50 years ago as a small association of U.S. researchers and is now a truly international association with more than 4,500 members in 80 countries. Since 2003, ICA has been officially associated with the United Nations as a non-governmental association (NGO).

  • iSchools

    iSchools is a consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science and more. While each individual iSchool has its own strengths and specializations, together they share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people and technology.