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Bridging the Digital Literacy Divide

Bridging the Digital Literacy Divide

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 About the Ne Yor CityComptroller’s Ofce
The New York City Comptroller, an independentlyelected ofcial, is the Chie Financial Ofcer o the City o New York. The mission o the ofceis to ensure the fnancial health o New York Cityby advising the Mayor, the City Council, andthe public o the City’s fnancial condition. TheComptroller also makes recommendations onCity programs and operations, fscal policies, andfnancial transactions. In addition, the Comptrollermanages the assets o the fve New York CityPension Funds, perorms budgetary analysis,keeps the City’s accounts, audits City agencies,manages the City’s debt issuance, and registersproposed contracts. His ofce employs a workorceo more than 700 proessional sta members.These employees include accountants, attorneys,computer analysts, economists, engineers, budget,fnancial and investment analysts, claim specialists,and researchers, in addition to clerical andadministrative support sta.
 About BeyondHigh School NYC
Beyond High School NYC is a major initiativelaunched by Comptroller John C. Liu to increase theproportion o New Yorkers with higher educationto 60 percent by the year 2025 through strategicinvestments in public education.
Contents
1
Introduction
4
Universal Technology
5
Recommendations
12
Conclusion
13
Addendum
Bridging theDigital LiteracyDivide
 April 2013
Published by the New York CityComptroller’s Oce
Cover and inside photos by Kari Otero Photography 
 John C. Liu
Comptroller
Fs Dep Copoe
Ricardo Morales
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Ari Honung
Cef Ecoos
Frank Braconi
Speca Asssa fo PbcAffas
Jacqueline S. Gold
Deco of Poc
Carolyn KaroRachel BardinDoug GiulianoTomas HuntManny KwanAndrew McWilliamSusan Scheer 
 
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New York City Comptroller John C. Liu
 
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Introduction
“Digital literacy” reers tothe ability to use technology,such as computer hardware,sotware, and the Internet,to locate, evaluate, use,and create inormation.
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 It demands technical andcritical thinking skills to accessmultiple orms o media andthen digest, integrate, andpresent this inormationin a simple and accessiblemanner. Students shouldbe developing these skills rom kindergarten through high school to prepare them orcollege and the workplace. However, research suggests that digital skills among high schoolgraduates across the country are inadequate to meet the demands o institutions o highereducation and o the job market.
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New York City can better prepare its students or post-secondary success by increasing at-home computer ownership, broadband adoption, andawareness o digital literacy training programs and services.
Universal Technology
As technology and our dependence upon it advance at lightning speed, computer skillshave shited rom optional to necessary. In 2011, 96 percent o working Americans wereusing new communications technologies daily, and 62 percent o workers reported thatthe Internet was undamental to their jobs.
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Just to apply or a job requires Internetsavvy—more than 80 percent o Fortune 500 Companies
require
online job applications.
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 Likewise, classroom computer and Internet use continues to increase. An abundance o educational material is available online or students to reinorce or delve more deeplyinto class lessons. YouTube has an entire site dedicated to education, with sections
1 “Digital Literacy Denition and Resources,” University Library, University o Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, http://www.library.illinois.edu/diglit/denition.html, accessed on October 4, 2012.2 Duke, Lynda M. and Asher, Andrew D., “College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know,” ALA Editions, 2012; and “Jobs or New York’sFuture: Report o The City University o New York Jobs Task Force 2012,” the City University o New York, http://www.cuny.edu/news/publications/ jobtaskorce.pd, accessed on January 7, 2013.3 U.S. Department o Commerce, “Fact Sheet: Digital Literacy,” May 13, 2011, http://www.commerce.gov/news/act-sheets/2011/05/13/act-sheet-digital-literacy, accessed on October 4, 2012. Note that new communications technologies include e-mail and other computer and Internetcommunications.4 Usdan, Jordan and Almasy, Kevin, “FCC Chairman Announces Jobs-Focused Digital Literacy Partnership Between Connect2Compete and the 2,800American Job Centers,” Federal Communications Commission, July 23, 2012, http://blog.broadband.gov/, accessed on November 26, 2012.

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