City Council, District 8
In the modern world, digital literacy is an integral component of person’s chances for opportunity and success–in many facts of life. For the City, digital literacy helps keep our workforce and our economy strong, and it can be an important factor in whether a person has access to social services. As a major tech hub, we have all of the tools we need–the education, the talent and the infrastructure–to ensure that all Austinites have access to digital technology. I support the recommendations of the adopted Digital Inclusion Strategic Plan, which includes calls for investments in programs that increase digital literacy, expands access to technology through refurbished devices for low-income individuals, and prioritizes accessibility for persons with disabilities. We should be ensuring that the plan stays alive by carrying forward its recommendations to the city’s boards and commissions and also working with our partner jurisdictions, such as the school districts and universities.