A society's responsibility that all of its citizens are digital literate in the context that digital literacy is required 21st Century skill and society is responsible for the fair, just, and equitable treatments of its citizens. An extension of H. George Fredrickson's theory of social equity (that those in public administration are making the mistake that citizen A is the same as citizen B; ignoring social and economic conditions) but applied to digital literacy. Digital social equity ensures that a sufficient commitment of digital literacy resources be distributed to groups that experience discrimination and social inequity so that all members of society are digitally literate and able to use and access the Internet as an integral component of their lives.
The U.S. National Broadband Plan recognizes the importance of digital social equity through its recommendation of closing the digital divide and the goal that all Americans have access to broadband, be digitally literate, fully participate in a digital economy, and receive the benefits of broadband enabled information and services.
by Broadband connects the planet November 29, 2010