Washington State Digital Inclusion Summit March 14

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Learn About How Washington is Conquering the Digital Divide and Participate in Developing Solutions

“We want to ensure that all Washington residents have the information technology training and access needed to ensure civic and cultural participation, employment and lifelong learning.”

Most Americans consider having Internet access as necessary as having heat, water or food in the house, but the surprising truth is that thousands in Washington State do not have regular, high speed access to the World Wide Web. Educators, social entrepreneurs, service providers, content providers, researchers, designers, developers, and anyone interested in social justice is invited to attend and participate in the Washington State Digital Inclusion Summit at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. SW, from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Tickets are $50 and can be ordered online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/313772. Those without Internet access, or who just prefer a live person to online registration, can call Brown Paper Tickets’ 24-hour live customer service hotline at 1-800-838-3006.

The Summit will include workshops on engaging the state’s youth in technology, technology policies on the local, state and national levels, and empowering communities to make digital inclusion a top priority for legislators and policy-makers.

“The economic and social benefits of widespread broadband adoption range from better employment and education opportunities to business and workforce development to broader civic participation,” said Chris Tugwell, Regional Director - Education, Employment & Technology Programs for the YMCA, and a steering committee member for the Digital Inclusion Summit. “We want to ensure that all Washington residents have the information technology training and access needed to ensure civic and cultural participation, employment and lifelong learning.”

Some efforts already adopted in Washington State include public computers available for use at city facilities, technology matching fund grants, computer training labs at community centers, free Internet for nonprofits, public wi-fi, and multilingual educational materials.

Digital Inclusion has focused on access, literacy, and providing meaningful content and services to the communities currently not using the Internet. The Digital Inclusion Summit is an opportunity to highlight solutions that will continue to drive broadband access and adoption and provide training and access to Internet facilities that help to make Internet access a part of the human experience, not just one for those in urban areas, and those of financial privilege and education. The Summit will unveil some of Washington State’s achievements and setbacks in broadband adoption, a critical goal in an era when broadband is central to education, job search and training, economic development, and the information needs of communities.

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