This summer the Blandin Foundation is focusing their monthly webinars on Digital Inclusion and highlighting some of the great speakers and content from the National Net Inclusion conference held in St Paul in May.
- July 11 – Digital Inclusion Basics
- August 10 – Low Income Devices and Connectivity
- September 14 – Assessment tools and training
All webinars are from 3:00 till 4 pm.
According to the Net Inclusion conference hosts (the National Digital Inclusion Alliance – NDIA), “digital inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies. This includes five elements:
- affordable, robust broadband Internet service;
- Internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user;
- access to digital literacy training;
- quality tech support; and
- applications and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration.
The July webinar is entitled “Digital Inclusion Basics” will feature three nationally known digital inclusion experts. Angela Siefer is the director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. She has hands-on experience with many digital inclusion projects and has done significant research in this topic area. Emy Tseng is a senior program specialist with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and worked previously with the City of San Francisco. Emy recently was recognized for her excellent work at the NDIA conference with the prestigious Charles Benton award. Ann Treacy is a key member of the Blandin Broadband team and has tremendous experience both researching and providing hands-on training for technology learners at all levels. (Register here!)
The August webinar will focus specifically on programs that provide devices and low-cost Internet to low-income families.
September will focus on assessment tools and training.
Please put these on your calendar. They will be very informative events!