Digital Inclusion as a Path to Economic Mobility

Economic mobility is accelerated when people have immediate access to the Internet for purposes of distance learning, distance working, homebased business and small business enterprise.  In this digital age, where geography doesn't matter, the opportunity for anyone to take advantage of these opportunities through high-speed Internet services allows them to of claim the geography they are in as theirs to succeed.  Economic mobility made possible by this access can become a source of neighborhood revitalization and community building for our urban neighborhoods.

Consumer - as a consumer of Internet services you have access to tolerable connection speeds are typically online to access news, email, shop at online retailers, and occasionally use social media. As a consumer you can use the Internet to find traditional employment and for many employers your job application can only be submitted online. You may also utilize online banking services to manage your finances and pay bills online.

Learner - as a learner you likely have higher speed internet capable of streaming video with little or no buffering and either pursue formal education through traditional institutions or you are a self-directed learner pursuing your own interests through the thousands of free distance learning opportunities available online.

Digital Citizen - as a digital citizen you interact with your neighbors, your community, local government and the larger online community. You likely use social media like NextDoor to communicate with your neighbors and Facebook to communicate with friends and family. As a digital citizen you may also participate in local or national  civic tech initiatives and meetups on areas of special interest.

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February 3, 2017

The City Council is considering a Resolution to adopt a digital equity strategic plan and we are inviting residents to review and comment on the 6 priority pathways through the City’s MySidewalk citizen engagement platform.  

We will be holding 4 public engagement meetings in the next two weeks in addition to gathering information via MySidewalk.

McClain Bryant and I gave a presentation to the City Council Business Session yesterday if you would like more information and to hear the initial comments and questions from our City Councilmembers.  We also posted a video introducing the City’s Digital Upcycling Program.

If you’re really interested in what is happening in KC – check out this morning’s Coalition for Digital Inclusion meeting.  We had a great Skype presentation and discussion with Bruce Clark of Digital Charlotte.

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