Chicago Digital Equity Coalition
In May 2022, the City launched the Chicago Digital Equity Council (DEC), bringing together a cross-sector group of community members most burdened by the digital divide, and organizations committed to eliminating digital inequities, to close Chicago’s digital divide once and for all. From June-October 2022, the DEC hosted 17 community conversations and solution design workshops in the City’s least connected neighborhoods, reaching nearly 400 residents. Through this on-the-ground community engagement exercise, the DEC surfaced nuanced barriers to digital equity, identified work already happening within communities, and co-created community-driven recommendations for Chicago.
The DEC is excited to share the Chicago Digital Equity Plan, which summarizes our approach, findings, and recommendations to achieve digital equity in Chicago.
Now, the City formally launched the Chicago Digital Equity Coalition – an inclusive community for digital equity advocacy, resources, best practice sharing, and implementing the Digital Equity Plan.
- 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.
- 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 elements below:
Affordable, quality broadband internet service
Laptops and computers that meet the needs of users
Access to digital literacy training and quality technical support
Content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation, and collaboration
Source: National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA)
May 4, 2022
Mayor Lightfoot Launches Chicago Digital Equity Council
New community-driven council seeks to dismantle the digital divide and increase access to internet citywide