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20NTC Session

Why Digital Access is a Civil Right


In this current era, everything we do is online. We have the ability to do a wide range of tasks on the Internet ranging from applying to jobs to mobile banking to finding daily entertainment and more! But what happens if you don’t have broadband internet access at home? What do you do if you are a returning citizen and you don’t know how to use a smartphone? You are at an extreme disadvantage compared to others who have basic digital literacy skills. In this session ‘Why Digital Access is a Civil Right’, attendees will understand what it means to be digital literate, enforce digitally equitable practices, and how to advocate for communities and organizations to treat digital access as a basic civil right.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the definitions of digital literacy, digital inclusion, and digital equity (based on NDIA definitions)
  • Understand which specific populations are most negatively impacted by the digital divide
  • How to discuss the importance of technology to community members and local organizations

Target Audience

Community organizations that focus on digital literacy or provide computer/tech classes.


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March 24, 2020


1:45pm – 3:00pm