Digital Inclusion is a tough term. Tough, because it isn't often one that organizations use, understand, or have even heard. Sure, there are all sorts of words we don't use or need to use, but for libraries, nonprofits, and elected officials, "digital inclusion" is increasingly an important term to add to our collective lexicon.
WebJunction has been awarded a grant from IMLS for a digital inclusion project to help libraries and other community-based organizations make strategic decisions about providing public access to broadband.
I just returned from meetings in snowy Washington D.C. to participate in the Digital Inclusion Working Group, a group convened by IMLS, TASCHA/UW and ICMA. These discussions were to provide feedback on the first draft of a proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities, which is a direct response to mandates in the National Broadband Plan.
The Center for Accessible Technology (CforAT) and California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) named TechSoup Global one of three winners of the 2009 California Digital Inclusion Program Award. The award recognizes nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations responsible for raising awareness of and improving web accessibility for Californians with disabilities.