Bridging the Digital Divide by Empowering California through Engagement

July 12, 2023 – In collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commision, CDT has taken several proactive steps to address the digital divide and empower individuals and communities to have a voice in shaping a more equitable California.  One of the many ways CDT engaged with community members include hosting a series of 17 regional digital equity workshops and three Tribal consultations across the state to better understand the challenges individuals and communities face to connect online. More than 2,200 individuals registered to attend the workshops and help the state identify the specific obstacles and needs of each region. This invaluable feedback will be used to create a statewide Digital Equity Plan so that all Californians—especially the unserved and underserved—have the access, tools and knowledge to thrive in today’s digital world. 

There’s still a way to participate if you were unable to attend a workshop.  The statewide Digital Equity Survey will be available online until July 15 as another way to make your voice heard and help identify the digital equity barriers and needs in your community. The survey can be completed in just 10 minutes on a computer or mobile phone in 14 different languages. Take the survey and help us spread the word by encouraging your friends, family and neighbors to take it too! So far, nearly 40,000 Californians have provided invaluable feedback that will shape the State Digital Equity Plan. 

Watch a video message from State CIO and CDT Director Liana Bailey-Crimmins, including a recap of the regional workshops below: 

If you want to stay informed or be involved with the Statewide Planning Group process, you can for the upcoming Statewide Planning Group meeting on July 26. California is actively working towards ensuring equal opportunities for all residents to participate in the digital age. We appreciate the support and collaboration of federal, state, tribal and local partners, as well the valuable insight shared by so many individuals in-person and online. Together, we are making significant strides to promote digital equity and foster inclusivity for all Californians.