Full participation in our society increasingly relies on using information and communication technologies (ICT) for human development. Extensive inequalities persist, however, not only in access to ICT but also in digital literacy skills and know-how to effectively use these technologies. In the United States currently, there are 100 million people who are not connected; there are deeper divides in how people and organizations use ICT to address key social issues such as health and education. The Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) serves a broad cross-section of students and faculty in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS). There are multiple perspectives across GSLIS that inform the Center’s work on digital inclusion, including research and curriculum areas such as information in society, history, youth services, and social-organizational data analytics.
The mission of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) is to foster inclusive and sustainable societies through research, teaching, and public engagement about information and communication technologies (ICT) and their impacts on communities, organizations, and governments.
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 ICT.