87% of teens have observed cyberbullying
Equity in Tech Mission
There is a worldwide digital technology divide. From senior citizens who have difficulty grasping the intricacies of the technological world to the youth who sometimes grasp it too well, we are unequal in our understanding. We have students who struggle to do homework on cell phone and parts of the world without access to WiFi. There is a lack of understanding of cybersecurity and the inability to afford, or to even address the risks, by small nonprofits and companies.
Technology knows no gender, no color, no age. It makes no assumptions, holds no biases and has no bounds. When used for good, technology can level the most uneven playing fields and better the world.
We believe that together, the tech community can create a digital world of which we are proud to be a part, a place where all people are safe, secure, and most definitely equal.
Equity in Tech Vision
Build understanding within the tech world
Equity in Tech will build knowledge, a shared language, and engagement for underrepresented populations through education, career exploration and explanation
Grow and diversify the workforce
Equity in Tech will create training programs to encourage and support underrepresented populations throughout their tech career aspirations
Increase access and affordability of resources
Equity in Tech will provide educational opportunities that are affordable and accessible to global underserved populations, and provide resources and information on obtaining access to hardware and software at no or low-cost
Equity in Tech Programs
In Tech is designed to bridge the digital divide for populations who often go under-resourced and over-looked, and disenfranchised in tech. The Pillar’s programs will providing access to and education in technology to level the playing field and ensure inclusion.
POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WOMEN IN EMERGING COUNTRIES
- Understand the ability for social media to build awareness of social justice issues and have a contributing voice in the conversation around gender rights
- Enhance social media’s potential for women’s empowerment include facilitating their access to technology, increasing women’s representation in public life and media
- Understand the risks and responsibilities of social media, including the cyber security issues involved with usage
- Build skills in setting up and utilizing social media to meet the above goals
VETERANS RETURNING TO WORKFORCE
- Understanding the opportunities within Cyber Security field and identify alignment with individual interests and skills
- Understand and identify specific education requirements and pathways leading to career is Cyber Security
- Create individualized plan of action for proceeding toward identified career goals
- For a sub-group of participants, OIT will provide partial or full scholarships for elements ISACA’s CSX Training Platform.
CYBERSECURITY FOR SENIORS
- Understand the ability for technology to strengthen self-empowerment as well as both community and global engagement
- Understand the risks and responsibilities of technology (including social media, financial apps, email exchanges, etc. including the cyber security issues involved with usage
- Build skills in setting up and utilizing technology to meet the above goals
- Knowledge of and access to robust up-to-date resource directory for under-served populations to locate and engage with free and/or low-cost technology resources, including hardware, software, repair/maintenance services, training and education, networking, etc.
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