City of Sioux Falls asks community members to help bridge digital divide

Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 3:34 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A Sioux Falls city task force is urging members of the community to take part in the effort to address the city’s “digital divide.”

On Wednesday, the city’s Inclusive Digital Equity Alliance, or IDEA, asked residents to “join the alliance and be part of the work to address the barriers that Sioux Falls is facing related to digital equity.”

The IDEA Task Force will transition to the broader community Alliance as part of the next phase of the City’s work on addressing digital equity in Sioux Falls, according to the city. The task force was formed in 2020.

Digital equity refers to creating opportunities for all residents to connect to the technology resources and acquire the needed abilities to fully participate in our increasingly digital society. The IDEA Task Force recently conducted a survey to assess how residents across Sioux Falls access and use technology. The survey data formed the foundation of the city’s digital equity framework.

“Digital equity is about improving the quality of life for every resident and visitor to Sioux Falls,” said Mayor Paul TenHaken. “Technology impacts virtually every area of our lives, but for some within our community, however, that impact has made it even more challenging for accessing and utilizing services and resources around the city. Bridging the digital divide should not be considered a luxury but rather a responsibility we have to our community.”

To learn more about the city’s digital equity plan, visit the city’s website.

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