Contact: Matt Lindstrom, City of Minneapolis, 612-673-2786

Minneapolis participating in national campaign to promote digital literacy

March 12, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) March 21 marks the kick-off of “Everyone On,” a national campaign to promote digital literacy and encourage people who are limited or non-Internet users to learn how to do one thing better online.

Minneapolis is using this time to kick off a series of 2013 digital inclusion activities, beginning with open house events on March 21 to encourage new users, community members and businesses to get connected with local community technology resources.  In addition to libraries and parks, there are several locations in Minneapolis where residents can use computers with Internet for free, and improve their digital literacy skills. These locations are referred to as “Community Technology Centers” and many of them are hosting open houses to raise awareness about some of the community technology services available for free in Minneapolis. Folks are invited to attend an open house at any of the following locations:

Free Geek Twin Cities
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
2537 25th Ave S

Project for Pride in Living Learning Center
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1925 Chicago Ave

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, Inc.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1315 Penn Ave N

Pillsbury United Communities / Oak Park Neighborhood Center
Noon – 3 p.m.
1701 Oak Park Ave N

Pillsbury United Communities / Waite House Neighborhood Center
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2323 11th Ave S

In addition to these open houses, the City will be holding community meetings this spring to discuss results of the 2013 Community Technology Survey and highlight what has changed from the 2012 survey. Additionally, city staff will also seek community input on technology services and programming needs and also seek support from those in the community that can provide technology access and services.

A 2012 survey of City residents found that 82 percent of Minneapolis residents have computers with Internet access at home, but technology access and knowledge gaps still exist with certain demographics of the city.

The City’s IT vision includes a component for addressing the digital divide, which is the gap between individuals and groups in their access to information and communication technologies, and their use and knowledge of these technologies. As government, education, health care providers and businesses are using technology to connect more and more with people online, it’s important to ensure that all individuals can participate in the benefits of the digital society.  The city’s residents and businesses need to be equipped to effectively compete with others around the world —to be smarter, more creative, more knowledgeable, and more innovative. Leveraging technology is a necessary ingredient of success.

For more information about the City’s digital inclusion efforts, folks can call 311 or visit the City’s website.

 

Published Mar. 12, 2013