"Today, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Digital Literacy Task Force (which is led by the Office for Information Technology Policy) releases its recommendations to advance and sustain library engagement in digital literacy initiatives nationwide. These recommendations build on the January 2013 Task Force report Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy and constitute a call to action on the part of the ALA, library education programs, front-line librarians, various funding bodies, and the diverse stakeholders who use and support library services."
Ad Council & Connect2Compete Launch Nationwide PSA Campaign to Increase Digital Literacy for 62 Million Americans
March 21, 2013
During this week’s announcement about new digital literacy training services, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “Offline Americans are missing out on education opportunities, health care opportunities and, yes, job opportunities.” Certainly there is no doubt that being connected to online Internet has emerged as the most important element in achieving progress in any field today.
But almost one third of Americans do not have Internet access at home. Many families are unable to pay for Internet access. The Obama administration has already invested $7 billion in expanding broadband services across the country and improving connectivity especially in rural areas. More...
PC Pledge 100 encourages businesses to donate used computers to help Americans narrow the digital divide through Connect2Compete
Redemtech, a world leader in IT Asset Disposition, today joined with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and Connect2Compete (C2C) to launch PC Pledge 100, a nationwide campaign to close the digital divide through corporate donations of used computers. Redemtech kicked off the drive by pledging 200 computers to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and an additional 100 computers for nonprofits focused on digital literacy.
At a forum of the Association for a Better New York on Thursday, the city announced a series of five initiatives intended to support the growing technology sector and provide better high-speed Internet access for both businesses and city residents. Identified as obstacles in the city’s rise as a technology center are infrastructure issues and the low adoption rates of broadband connectivity in impoverished areas of the city.
In order to make sure the tech economy continues on its upward path, the city plans to remove operational and regulatory hurdles to speed the expansion of physical infrastructure, both in emerging high-tech areas in the city and in industrial and manufacturing neighborhoods — where streets are not even wired yet for broadband. Mobile platforms will be developed to help boost access to job and worker support information for city residents without computers or laptops.
Connect to Compete (C2C), Inc. today announced a national three-year Ad Council campaign to promote the importance of digital literacy and motivate individuals and families to access free community resources and training. The multimedia public service campaign, which will be developed in both English and Spanish, will begin in January 2013.