The second Digital Equity Champion will be announced at NetInclusion this May. Named in honor of Charles Benton, founder of the Benton Foundation, the award recognizes an individual whose work has significantly advanced digital equity programs, policies or practices. Leadership in digital inclusion requires skill, patience and an understanding of the complex interaction between technology and social issues. The 2016 awardee, David Keyes of the City of Seattle, has exemplified those traits over his 20+ year career. If you would like to submit a nomination, do so at digitalinclusion.org/benton17 by April 20. The awardee will receive $500 travel reimbursement and registration to attend Net Inclusion.
Definition: Digital Equity
Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.
Definition: Digital Inclusion
Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This includes 5 elements: 1) affordable, robust broadband internet service; 2) internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user; 3) access to digital literacy training; 4) quality technical support; and 5) applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration. Digital Inclusion must evolve as technology advances. Digital Inclusion requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and use technology.