Tag Archive for 'digital inclusion'

Five Ways That Libraries Offer Meaningful Connectivity

Libraries have helped people stay connected through the Covid-19 pandemic. Beyond just access, libraries can help offer meaningful connectivity – where internet access can advance personal, professional, or educational development.
A guest blog by Teddy Woodhouse, research manager at the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), discusses the ways libraries help offer access that drives development, and how to magnify their impact.

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World Information Society Day: The Case for Public Access in Libraries Beyond 2020

Over the years, public libraries have brought many new users online – with millions having accessed the internet for the very first time in a library. However, public access can sometimes be seen as a stepping stone towards individual use and subscription/device ownership – a transitional measure on the way to a more universally available home access. But is that the case? What value can public access solutions offer as a complement to individual home or mobile access, rather than a temporary substitute? What shapes could it take in a post-COVID world, as we work to overcome the grueling digital divides?

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2019 Internet Affordability Report: the Case for Public Access

Who is able to go online today – and how many can afford to access the internet? In October 2019, the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) released a new installment of the annual Internet Affordability Report, which emphasised that healthy broadband markets together with public access solutions – free or low-cost internet connections available in places such as libraries and telecenters – can expand connectivity and promote digital inclusion. As such, it is a great potential resource for library advocacy around public access.

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