The Technology Matching Fund supports digital inclusion projects that reach technology underserved communities so that all residents have the technology skills necessary to fully participate in our 21st Century economy. A definition of digital inclusion is provided by the Communities Connect Network.
Seattle is home to a thriving high tech sector. Despite this, many residents are excluded from participating in our digital economy. This negatively impacts their ability to find jobs, succeed in education, and access vital services and information. Common factors for this digital divide are age, income, education and disability/accessibility. Here are links to research on the digital divide and who is technology underserved:
City of Seattle IT Indicators
The City of Seattle conducted research in 2009, 2004 and 2000 looking at technology access and use in our community.
Pew Internet and American Life project
Pew is a non-profit research center studying the social effects of the Internet on Americans.
Children's Partnership has conducted research and analysis focused on extending the benefits of technology to all children and their families. They also explore the need for providing relevant online content.