Connect.DC - Digital Inclusion Initiative

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Who We Are

Technology has changed the way we communicate, work, learn, and get our news and information. With access to technology people can apply for jobs, take an online class, or connect with family and friends. Unfortunately, one in four District households does not have a broadband service. We know that people who don’t have access to the Internet, can’t afford it, don't know how to use it, or don’t see why it’s important, are at a great disadvantage in an increasingly digital age. 

Created by the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), Connect.DC works to bridge this digital divide by making technology easier to use, more accessible, more affordable, and more relevant to the everyday lives of District residents. Together with our partners, we are working to ensure District residents can take full advantage of everything technology has to offer.

What We Do

We take our role as “connectors” very seriously and work closely with stakeholders to build a more informed, empowered, and inclusive technology community. At Connect.DC, we

  • Work with residents and community stakeholders to build a basic foundation in technology through digital literacy training, summits, and workshops;
  • Partner with local government agencies and nonprofits to increase the number of public computing locations in the city; provide free computer and Internet access to residents through our Mobile Tech Lab;
  • Provide affordable Internet and computer offers to low-income District residents;
  • Build relationships with community institutions and stakeholders to create a culture of digital inclusion and excellence; share useful content and create tools for new technology users; collect data on digital inclusion and discuss important technology trends; and  
  • Use awareness campaigns, social media, and mobile updates to promote the benefits of technology and inform stakeholders about our services.

Our Model

Training > Public Technology Access > Affordable Internet Service > Programs, Partners and Tools > Public Awareness