Dignifying Digital Connection

Date and duration: Academic year 2021-2022 

Project main partners: Community Data Clinic, Innovation and Technology Strategy (U. of I), PCs for People

Community partners

  • Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD)
  • Champaign-Urbana Trauma Resilience Initiative
  • Georgetown-Ridge Farm School District # 4
  • House Authority of Champaign County (HACC)
  • Project Success of Vermilion County, Inc.

Project brief

Dignifying Digital Connection aims to expand Internet and technology access for low income families in East and Central Illinois. Based on the community partnership model, CDC and PCs for People distribute laptops and hotspots to provide access to basic technology and Internet connection. This project allows us to close the digital gap for connectivity under a human centered approach. This project allows us to understand the socio-technical inequities that persistently prevent diverse vulnerable populations from accessing stable broadband connectivity in East Central Illinois. Dignifying Digital Connection gains insight into other factors around digital connectivity: including sustained broadband access, tech literacy, trust in technology, and affordability.

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