It is vital in this
information age that all Americans have access to
new technologies…Unfortunately our Nation is still
split between the technological "haves"
United States Secretary of Commerce
Digital Divide – Why should you care?
Computers and the
Internet are changing the way we live, work, learn
and play. The impact is huge and rapid. Studies show
more people are getting computers and hooking up the
Internet, but many here in Seattle and around the
country don’t yet have access, knowledge or the
resources to take advantage of computers and the
Internet. Meanwhile, many jobs are going unfilled.
The gap between information rich and poor has been
growing, with low-income people, senior citizens and
minorities falling further behind. This gap in
resources and opportunities to access the
information age is being called the Digital Divide.
Is email for every
resident important? What would a technology
literate, technology healthy city look like to you?
What is your vision of city that uses information
technology for the well being of its residents and
to build and maintain community?
The goal is to create
a vision for our city and identify signposts or
indicators to mark and measure our progress. We
intend that these indicators will become a working
tool for those who plan, fund and implement programs
intended to close the digital divide and build a
Your Voice Counts –
Advisors Don’t Have to Be Technology Experts
projects don’t start with technology. This project
is about literacy, opportunities, meeting community
needs and quality of life. Signposts or indicators
that can be used to measure our technology progress
must be developed and used by the community they
serve. We value the input of all residents.
project is part of the City
of Seattle Citizens Technology Literacy and Access
initiative in cooperation with the volunteer
Citizens Telecommunications and Technology Advisory
Seattle. Additional assistance for the
forum is being provided by Progress Project of the Evans School of Public Affairs and the Glaser Progress Foundation
and Seattle Community
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