EQUITY IN TECH
Despite the estimated 700,000 jobs open in technology, veterans are often overlooked for technology positions.
Only 20% of Tanzania’s population use social media, compared to the 72% in Lebanon, 62% in Israel, and 69% in the U.S.
48,642 victims age 50-59 reported $494,926,300 in losses to cyber crime in the U.S. in 2018.
62,085 victims age 60+ reported $649,227 in losses to cybercrime.
15% of rural adults in the U.S. never go online due poor quality of devices and broadband, lack of training and education opportunities, and socio-economic disparities.
Geographical telecommunication usage rates illustrate great inequity:
South Asian 30%
Latin American 63%
North American 88%
A majority of U.S. adults are unable to answer more than 50% of questions correctly on a digital knowledge quiz, and many struggle with certain cybersecurity and privacy questions.
Equity In Tech supports specific under-served populations excluded because of geography, age, socio-economic status, and other biases to bridge the digital divide.
One In Tech seeks to even the playing field, ensuring all people can be engaged and included in the digital world. Through a variety of initiatives, Equity In Tech will support specific populations and disparities designed to resource and educate individuals in multiple ways.
Equity In Tech is designed to bridge the digital divide for populations who often go under-resourced, over-looked, and disenfranchised in technology areas. The Pillar’s programs will provide access to and education in technology to level the playing field and ensure inclusion.
To counter the victimization of senior citizens in cyber space, and to empower these individuals to safely engage in and be empowered by technology, this program will educate participants to understand:
- the ability for technology to strengthen confidence and increase activity in cyber space as well as build both community and global engagement
- the risks of technology and how to protect oneself
- How to build skills in setting up and utilizing technology to meet the above goals
In serving an oft-marginalized community, this program will partner with ISACA’s resources to provide support to veterans and their families seeking career exploration and education. Through on-line and in-person services, participants will learn about:
- opportunities within Cyber Security field and identify alignment with individual interests and skills
- specific education requirements and pathways leading to career is Cyber Security
- creating an individualized plan of action for proceeding toward identified career goals
RESOURCES FOR ALL
While technology education, training, equipment, and access support may exit broadly throughout the world, sub-populations are challenge identifying, accessing, and utilizing specific resources that address their individualized needs and limitations. Providing up-to-date information, support in accessing, and direct linkages to these resources help ensure specific populations such as veterans, senior citizens, rurally-located, people with disabilities, those from disadvantaged regions, and others needing support. The program will provide:
- 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.
IGNITE: THE POWER
OF SOCIAL MEDIA
While social media is often regarded as a past-time or vehicle for socializing, the mediums are quickly becoming recognized as powerful ways for under-represented and under-resourced groups to strengthen themselves in socio-economic ways, including creation of businesses, skill-building, involvement in social justice and other community strengthening, and personal growth, self-empowerment, independence. This program will present learning opportunities for participants to learn about:
- the ability for social media to build awareness of social justice issues and have a contributing voice in the conversation around marginalized rights
- social media’s potential for empowerment by facilitating access to technology, increasing representation in public life and media, creating self-actualization opportunities
- the risks and responsibilities of social media,
- building skills utilizing social media to meet the above goals