PRESS RELEASE

333 W. Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 570-6099
10/15/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:101518
Subject:
City of Long Beach Celebrates International Digital Inclusion Week
Contact:
Rebecca F. Kauma, Project Lead
Economic & Digital Inclusion
Economic Development Department
562.570.7441
Rebecca.Kauma@longbeach.gov




The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) have declared October 15 through October 21, 2018 as International Digital Inclusion Week (IDIW) to raise awareness on digital equity and inclusion around the globe. The City of Long Beach (City) has been designated as a Digital Inclusion Trailblazer by the NDIA and will celebrate IDIW by conducting in-person community outreach as well as implementing a social media engagement campaign to educate the social community about digital services, resources and tools that are available within Long Beach.

“By providing access to public computers and free public Wi-Fi, our libraries play a profound role in promoting digital inclusion. This is just one example of how Long Beach prioritizes digital equity,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “It is important for our community to be aware of the great resources that exist and take full advantage of them.”

Residents are encouraged to tune in to the City’s social media pages during the period of Monday, October 15, 2018 to Sunday, October 21, 2018 to learn more about the digital inclusion efforts happening in Long Beach. City staff will also be in Central and West Long Beach during the week conducting in-person community outreach at local community hubs.

“It is imperative to engage residents in community-friendly spaces and build trust outside of City Hall,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “I am excited that we are meeting the community where they are and finding new ways to hear from residents who might not attend a city meeting. This is a great step toward expanding the public dialogue around digital inclusion in Long Beach.”

The community can join the conversation by using the hashtags #IDIW2018 and #LBdigitalinclusion.

Information regarding IDIW will be available on the following City social media pages:

On January 23, 2018, the Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to establish the City as an official affiliate of the NDIA, at the request of Councilmember Lena Gonzalez.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Technology and Innovation

The Technology and Innovation Department provides a centralized resource for technology deployment and support throughout the City. It is our mission to provide a customer-focused environment that integrates people, processes, and technology to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of City services. To learn more about Technology and Innovation, visit: www.longbeach.gov/ti.