NORTH CONWAY, NH, June 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a deep and lingering digital divide in Pittsburgh and across the United States. Millions of people have been cut off from school, jobs, healthcare and community for lack of access to the digital tools and support they need to succeed. In the United States alone, 36 million people do not have a computer.
To better understand the current state of digital equity in the United States, Digitunity engaged Visible Network Labs to develop a survey that visualizes the impact of organizational relationships and local partnerships on digital equity in Pittsburgh. Digitunity invites organizations from all sectors, including business, government, nonprofits, philanthropy, schools and libraries in select cities, to share their ideas by completing the survey. Pittsburgh is one of the cities where the survey is implemented.
“Digitunity believes that digital equity requires connections between local, state, regional and national assets. As a national organization, we direct resources to those in need while integrating them with community assets so that they have what they need to participate in our digital society. Participation in this survey ensures Pittsburgh’s efforts towards digital equity are visible, providing an incredible and one-of-a-kind platform to connect and improve resident services,” said Karisa Tashjian, Director of Programs at Digitunity.
The survey results will help visualize the relationships between sectors and create opportunities for new or improved partnerships, demonstrating the power of collective action to achieve digital equity. Through this visualization, residents of the Pittsburgh metro area will have increased access to the digital tools, services and support their community has to offer.
Each respondent will receive a personalized, confidential profile of their results with data and maps demonstrating, as well as a summary of aggregated results, how their work fits into their city’s broader digital equity efforts. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Respondents can expect to receive results by September 2022. All organizations in the Pittsburgh metro area are invited to complete the survey. To learn more about this survey, visit Digitunity.org.
Digitunity, a national non-profit organization, connects corporate and individual technology donors to thousands of partner organizations serving those in need across North America. With a proven body of work spanning over 37 years and a national network of member organizations, Digitunity works to ensure that all barriers limiting equitable opportunities to participate in our digitally connected society are removed. Learn more at Digitunity.org.
About Visible Network Labs (VNL)
Visible Network Labs is a team of scientists, developers, data analysts, evaluators and technologists working together with a common mission to build society’s ability to transform and strengthen social connections at all levels of life. VNL is focused on creating new tools, training, and services to make network science and analysis accessible to those who need it.
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