Digital Equity

Seattle works together for digital equity, to ensure all residents and neighborhoods have the information technology capacity needed for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.  We collaborate to create opportunities and to reduce and eliminate historical barriers to technology access and use. We connect digital equity to smart cities and to other equity & justice work.

In July, 2020, the Internet for All Resolution 31956 was adopted by City Council & signed by the Mayor. In September, a detailed report with gap analysis and guiding strategies was published. (Learn more)

Our digital equity resources include:

There are 4 elements to Digital Equity that guide our work: Internet, Digital Skills & Tech Support, Devices, Applications & Services.

The City of Seattle started its digital equity work in 1996. Prior to the Internet for All guiding resolution, the City developed a Digital Equity Action Plan in 2016. This plan was developed with more than 100 community leaders, non-profit organizations, companies, and members of the public participating. They helped identify needs, a vision and possible strategies (See first vision and strategies report). Our digital equity initiatives are closely aligned with and further the City of Seattle broadband efforts, Race and Social Justice Initiative, and other education, neighborhood, equitable development, technology, cultural and human service goals. 

Our strategies are informed by Seattle's Technology Access and Adoption community research data, consulting with the community, and other population and program data.