LOWCOUNTRY DIGITAL EQUITY COALITION
The LDEC seeks to coordinate and initiate collective digital inclusion activities that are guided by shared goals and proximate quantitative and qualitative community data.
The Lowcountry Digital Equity Coalition (LDEC) is a regional strategic alliance representing a cross sector of businesses, governments, and other anchor institutions, dedicated to activities that ensure digital inclusion across the Charleston/North Charleston Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Currently, there are thirty-two active coalition members, who represent public and private educational, healthcare, philanthropic, governmental, and private sector industries in our region’s ecosystem.
The Backbone agency provides administrative management, membership coordination and resource development to sustain and expand the work on behalf of the Coalition.
Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Digital Inclusion must evolve as technology advances. Digital Inclusion requires intentional strategies and investments to reduce and eliminate historical, institutional and structural barriers to access and use technology.
Digital Equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services.