Digital Equity: Dispelling Myths
As defined by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), "digital equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy. Digital equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services."
Tech Goes Home has gathered extensive research to support and inform our work. Take a look at these common myths about technology access and get a glimpse of why we do what we do.
Everyone has internet access.
16.9 million children across the U.S. lack access to high-speed home internet.
26% of adults with household incomes under $30,000 are “smartphone-dependent” internet users. This means they do not have an internet-connected computer at home and rely entirely on a smartphone for internet access.
7.3 million children across the U.S. lack access to a home computer
Everyone has a computer.
Everyone knows how to use computers & the internet.
One third of all American workers lack basic digital literacy skills for navigating technology and the internet.
In Massachusetts, nearly 80% of jobs require at least fundamental digital skills.
Middle-skill jobs requiring digital skills are growing 2.5 times faster than those that don’t.
Workers of color are overrepresented among workers without digital skills due to deep structural racism that creates gaps in income, wealth, and educational opportunity. 57% of Latinx workers, 50% of Black workers, 36% of Asian workers, and 23% of white workers have limited or no digital skills.
Training, Tools, & Access
In partnership with our network of over 250 community organizations, Tech Goes Home empowers the community members we serve to use the internet as a tool for pursuing educational opportunities, finding jobs, accessing healthcare, fulfilling their essential needs from home, and making their voices heard. We welcome you to join us in achieving our goal of ensuring that everyone has the skills, tools, and access to take full advantage of the internet and the opportunities it offers.