Because of the Internet, information is easier to access than ever. The web is where we go to get important questions answered, prepare homework assignments, apply to college, look for a job, or even help us care for loved ones. But with roughly 60 million people not yet using the Internet, the U.S. still has a long way to go before everyone is connected and can benefit from the web.
There are a lot of reasons why these 60 million people aren’t online — which unfortunately means that there’s no one silver bullet solution to closing the digital divide. Research shows that 34% of people who aren’t online just don’t see the web as relevant to their lives, while another 32% say they don’t go online because they find it difficult to use a computer or navigate the Internet. We also hear from our member organizations that the digital divide impacts their ability to serve their community.
These problems — of relevancy and digital literacy — can be addressed through sustained work by local organizations, community leaders, and the private sector. That’s why we’ve launched the first-ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship in partnership with Google Fiber.