Digital inclusion, as a concept, refers to taking action to ensure that everyone has access to online resources, as well as the education to make that access and use that access meaningfully.
Digital inclusion isn’t about getting people online for recreation, but is more focused on activities that are necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and essential services. It seeks to reduce and ultimately to eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to the access and use of technology.
The Digital Inclusion Working Group is a collaboration of over 30 organizations who are committed to eliminating the digital inclusion gap in St. Pete including internet access, devices, training, and technical support. Their work began in late 2019 and accelerated during COVID-1 9 and includes helping individuals find low-cost or free internet services, recycling computers (Gadgets for Good program), and providing technical training and support.