COLUMBUS, OH – Seizing an unprecedented opportunity to bridge America’s digital divide, the seventh annual Digital Inclusion Week, led by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), calls on organizations, communities, and policymakers to invest in “building connected communities,” the 2023 theme for the week.
Digital inclusion encompasses three areas that are critical to full participation in the digital world: affordable internet, access to suitable devices, and digital skills training — essentials but still millions of people of people are unable to reach that.
While NDIA spearheads the annual week of action, it’s the hundreds of community-led events, social media posts, local broadcast news features, and municipal proclamations that make Digital Inclusion Week special. From October 2-6, NDIA anticipates that over 500 individuals, organizations, and leaders nationwide will raise awareness for the urgency of digital equity. Many will also engage in digital inclusion activities, helping their neighbors sign up for affordable broadband access, learn digital skills, and get free or affordable devices.
While the federal government has invested billions of dollars in broadband deployment and digital equity through the bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021, local librarians, nonprofit leaders, and digital navigators are the heroes driving digital inclusion solutions on the ground every day.
“Every local community action and event matters in the movement for digital equity,” said Angela Siefer, NDIA executive director. “Digital inclusion means increasing opportunities for community members across the country to use technology to live, learn, work, and thrive.”
NDIA is hosting five events during Digital Inclusion Week 2023, leading a social media campaign, supporting their 1,400 affiliate organizations with toolkits and templates, and amplifying community actions around the country. To see the latest and register an action or event, visit digitalinclusion.org and check out these highlights:
● NDIA’s virtual events kick off Monday, October 2 with their Digital Inclusion 101 webinar.
● See who’s taking action and making news by participating and following #DIW2023 and @netinclusion on social media.
● Register a DIW event or attend one in your community – check out the map here.
### About National Digital Inclusion Alliance: NDIA advances digital equity by supporting community programs and equipping policymakers to act. Working collaboratively with more than 1,400 digital inclusion practitioners, NDIA advocates for equitable broadband access, tech devices, digital skills training, and tech support. For more information, visit digitalinclusion.org.