digital divide

L.A. County Library to Launch Connect & Go Program

As part of L.A. County’s ongoing investment to combat the digital divide with free access to technology, L.A. County Library will launch Connect & Go on Friday, March 1, at all L.A. County Library locations.

Advocates: Internet Companies Must Partner With Ethnic Media to Close Digital Divide

Digital equity advocates – people who have been working for decades now to come up with solutions to narrow the divide between people who are connected to broadband and those who still aren’t – say Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must partner with the ethnic media to reach people in California who remain unconnected and under-connected to broadband service. “We have focused on the importance of community and Ethnic Media. We think that the Internet Service Providers should be advertising with (ethnic media), reaching out to you and connecting with you,” said Sunne McPeak, CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund

Get Connected and Get Counted

Have you heard about the 2020 Census? I am sure you have received mail, phone calls, or maybe drove past a billboard with information on the Census. Do you still wonder what it is about and who gets counted? The new baby just born yesterday? She gets counted. Your Uncle Leroy who is 108 years old? He gets counted, too!

L.A. County Launches ‘WiFi Finder’ to Reduce Digital Divide During COVID-19

The L.A. County acknowledged the critical necessity for internet to be widely available across Los Angeles. Schools and other academic programs are only accessible online due to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to American Community Survey Data for L.A. County, approximately 210,000 children have a computer. However, they do not have access to a broadband, nearly 300,000 students do not have internet access.The L.A. Board of Supervisors announced the WiFi Finder; a tool co-created by the 2-1-1 and LA County, equips L.A. County residents with a “one-stop approach to getting access.”

COVID-19: turns Pre-existing Issues into Devastating Tragedies; How the Digital Divide No Longer Can Remain on The Outskirts of Government Policy

Coronavirus exposed resources that are assisting with pre-existing issues: homelessness, unemployment, and health conditions by demographic. All the noted adversities evolved into tragedy and devastation, as coronavirus continues to attack more than the human body. The unsheltered have always been exposed to elements; that could possibly have ended their life. Those who lost their job or lived paycheck to paycheck, always were on the cliff with their feet dangling in front of an abyss of unmanageable financial responsibility. There has been a call to close the digital divide for 25 years now.

Internet Hall of Fame Honors Larry Irving for His Crusade on the Digital Divide

Larry Irving understands the importance of meaningful connection. As the former Principal advisor of domestic and international telecommunications during the Bill Clinton presidency, he has fought to close what has been coined as the digital divide for decades and continued his battle all through his professional career, from 1975 to the present day. The digital divide illuminates the reality we live in; one out of seven children lives in a household without an internet connection. For his continual progress on closing that gap, he has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in September of this year. He is the first African American to do so.