To get the conversation going, here are the principles from:
What do you think?
PRINCIPLE 1: Availability and affordability
Communities need reliable and affordable access to broadband
technology infrastructure in order to be fully engaged and competitive
in today’s information-based world.
PRINCIPLE 2: Public access
In a world connected by technology, all people, regardless of income,
need access to information and communication technologies in order to
be fully engaged members of society, both economically and socially.
PRINCIPLE 3: Accessibility for people with disabilities
Communities should ensure the full participation of all their members,
by embedding accessibility to digital technology for people with
disabilities throughout their institutions, processes, and public
PRINCIPLE 4: Adoption and digital literacy
Beyond having access to technologies, people, businesses, and
institutions need to understand digital technologies and how to use
them effectively to achieve their educational, economic, and social
PRINCIPLE 5: Consumer education and protection
Consumers—both individual and institutional—
need accurate, unbiased information to
understand the technology options available
to them, including how to buy and maintain
equipment and how to safely navigate the
PRINCIPLE 6: Education
Educational institutions should ensure that
students have the digital skills to fill the jobs of
today and tomorrow, and to reap the potential
rewards of lifelong digital learning.
PRINCIPLE 7: Economic and workforce development
Technology is a powerful engine of innovation
and economic growth in today’s world. For
individuals and businesses to succeed in this
environment, communities need to foster the
mastery of 21st century skills and encourage
use of technology for economic development.
PRINCIPLE 8: Civic engagement
Residents should be easily able to interact
electronically with community institutions,
government agencies, and one another, to
participate actively in community affairs.
PRINCIPLE 9: Public safety and emergency services
Communities can increase their
emergency responsiveness through
effective deployment of digital
technologies, ensuring the public
the best possible emergency
PRINCIPLE 10: Health care
Communities should have the digital
technologies necessary to support the health
care needs of their populations, especially
in areas with limited health care facilities, to
afford all their members access to the best
possible health care.
PRINCIPLE 11: Quality of life
Individual members of a community should
have access to technologies that promote
social engagement and the pursuit of
productive and creative interests.
And a bit more text from the open page:
What is digital inclusion— and why does it matter?
Digital Inclusion is the ability of individuals and groups to access
and use information and communication technologies. Digital inclusion
encompasses not only access to the Internet but also the availability
of hardware and software; relevant content and services; and training
for the digital literacy skills required for effective use of
information and communication technologies.
The National Broadband Plan, released by the Federal Communications
Commission in March 2010, noted that “absent action, the individual
and societal costs of digital exclusion would continue to grow.” The
Plan’s recommendations included a call to the Institute of Museum and
Library Services to provide leadership to libraries and
community-based organizations as they improve digital adoption and
use. The Proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities is
IMLS’s initial response to that request.
ALL PEOPLE, BUSINESSES,
AND INSTITUTIONS WILL
HAVE ACCESS TO DIGITAL
CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGIES
THAT ENABLE THEM TO CREATE
AND SUPPORT HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS, AND COHESIVE
On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM, Steven Clift <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Please forward far and wide.
> In addition to these key links:
> * Building Digitally Inclusive Communities: A brief guide to the
> proposed framework
> * Building Digitally Inclusive Communities: A guide to the proposed framework
> * Proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities: Final Report
> Also see:
> To discuss the framework publicly, I encourage you to use the ongoing
> Digital Inclusion Network online community of practice (formerly the
> DigitalDivide e-mail list): http://e-democracy.org/di
> (The “Digital Inclusion Network” perhaps referenced in the report
> process was different and involved use of a special online site for
> early draft input.)
> Steven Clift