33 min

Bridging the Digital Divide in the St. Louis Region-Part I Saint Louis In Tune

    • Society & Culture

Nearly half of households in St. Louis City and County are impacted by at least one aspect of the digital divide. The https://stldigitaldivide.org/ (St. Louis Digital Divide) is best understood by examining and addressing five key components any of which can prevent an individual or family from adequate connectivity. The components are 1) coverage; 2) quality; 3) service affordability; 4) device affordability; and, 5) digital literacy and mentoring.
Amelia Bond, CEO of https://stlgives.org/ (The St. Louis Community Foundation), and Kristen Sorth, Director and CEO of the https://www.slcl.org/ (St. Louis County Library) joined the conversation to discuss the report and provide ways to address the challenge that has been identified. Coordination and investment from local leaders and unprecedented federal funding uniquely position St. Louis to address the digital divide and ensure that all St. Louisans have the opportunity to thrive in an increasingly digital society.
[00:23] Introductions
[01:45] What is the digital divide?
[03:15] Why now?
Covid-19 revealed inadequacies
https://stldigitaldivide.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/St-Louis-Digital-Divide_Powerpoint-Summary_MASTER-PPT.pdf (The Digital Divide Report) and https://stldigitaldivide.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Digital-Divide-Summary-Report_22.pdf (Summary)

[06:15] https://www.slcl.org/computerkits (Library assistance) educators, parents, and students during the pandemic
https://www.slcl.org/using-the-library/grandpads (Grand-pads)

[10:29] The Internet and access to the Internet Comparision to Electricity
25% to 30% of households in the City of St. Louis do not have a computer

[12:50] Who should be involved in helping remediate the issue?
[14:02] Obstacles or pushback?
Need is great-urban, suburban, and rural
Schools and students
Families for entertainment and education

[18:47] Do we have the will to get this done?
A brief history of the study
Funding is available
Momentum and focus

[20:58] Not just an educational issue/problem
[22:24] Libraries are important now more than ever
[24:41] Thoughts on the dispersal of funds
[26:35] Invest in long-term solutions
[27:35] Coordination with leaders in the area
[28:37] Final thoughts
This is Season 5! For more episodes, go to https://stlintune.com/ (stlintune.com)
#stlouis #digitaldivide #slcl #stlouisgives #hotspots #deviceaffordability #coverage #serviceaffordability #digitalliteracy #broadband #broadbandservice

Nearly half of households in St. Louis City and County are impacted by at least one aspect of the digital divide. The https://stldigitaldivide.org/ (St. Louis Digital Divide) is best understood by examining and addressing five key components any of which can prevent an individual or family from adequate connectivity. The components are 1) coverage; 2) quality; 3) service affordability; 4) device affordability; and, 5) digital literacy and mentoring.
Amelia Bond, CEO of https://stlgives.org/ (The St. Louis Community Foundation), and Kristen Sorth, Director and CEO of the https://www.slcl.org/ (St. Louis County Library) joined the conversation to discuss the report and provide ways to address the challenge that has been identified. Coordination and investment from local leaders and unprecedented federal funding uniquely position St. Louis to address the digital divide and ensure that all St. Louisans have the opportunity to thrive in an increasingly digital society.
[00:23] Introductions
[01:45] What is the digital divide?
[03:15] Why now?
Covid-19 revealed inadequacies
https://stldigitaldivide.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/St-Louis-Digital-Divide_Powerpoint-Summary_MASTER-PPT.pdf (The Digital Divide Report) and https://stldigitaldivide.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Digital-Divide-Summary-Report_22.pdf (Summary)

[06:15] https://www.slcl.org/computerkits (Library assistance) educators, parents, and students during the pandemic
https://www.slcl.org/using-the-library/grandpads (Grand-pads)

[10:29] The Internet and access to the Internet Comparision to Electricity
25% to 30% of households in the City of St. Louis do not have a computer

[12:50] Who should be involved in helping remediate the issue?
[14:02] Obstacles or pushback?
Need is great-urban, suburban, and rural
Schools and students
Families for entertainment and education

[18:47] Do we have the will to get this done?
A brief history of the study
Funding is available
Momentum and focus

[20:58] Not just an educational issue/problem
[22:24] Libraries are important now more than ever
[24:41] Thoughts on the dispersal of funds
[26:35] Invest in long-term solutions
[27:35] Coordination with leaders in the area
[28:37] Final thoughts
This is Season 5! For more episodes, go to https://stlintune.com/ (stlintune.com)
#stlouis #digitaldivide #slcl #stlouisgives #hotspots #deviceaffordability #coverage #serviceaffordability #digitalliteracy #broadband #broadbandservice

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