For most of us, the internet is where we go to get important questions answered, prepare homework assignments, apply to college, look for a job, do our banking, or even help us care for loved ones. But 60 million Americans don’t have access to the internet, so we have a long way to go before everyone can benefit from the resources provided online.
There’s isn’t one easy 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. Our member organizations report 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 launched the Digital Inclusion Fellowship in partnership with Google Fiber. The program matches seasoned community advocates (the Fellows) with local community organizations (the City Hosts) to meet the needs of their communities.