Tech Goes Home has gathered extensive research to support and inform our work. Take a look below and get a glimpse of why we do what we do.
by The Council of Economic Advisors
"Just under half of households in the bottom income quintile using the Internet at home, compared to 95 percent of households in the top quintile."
"Academic research shows that using online job search leads to better labor market outcomes, including faster re-employment for unemployed individuals, yet because of a digital divide, low- income households are less able to use these tools than high-income households."
"Addressing the digital divide requires effort on multiple fronts, including policies that make broadband more affordable."
"When Google Fiber was to be rolled out in Kansas City, speeds on existing networks in Kansas surged 86 percent."
"Effective digital literacy training may require place-based or demographically tailored interventions."
by Pew Research
from the FCC
"One-third of all Americans – 100 million people – haven’t adopted broadband at home. Broadband adoption is key to America’s competitiveness – to jobs, e-government, education, and energy. Compare that to South Korea and Singapore where adoption rates top 90 percent."
"Internationally, the U.S. continues to lag behind a number of other developed nations, ranking 16th out of 34 countries"
by the Washington Post
"One study out of the University of Michigan suggested that Internet use could cut depression risk among seniors by more than 30 percent — a huge finding, given the wide-ranging effects that depression and isolation have on senior’s health."
Digital Skills & Employment
by Urban Institute
“Between 2002 and 2016, the share of all jobs with high digital content more than quadrupled, from 4.8 to 23.0 percent. This reflects both an increase in the digital nature of existing jobs and the addition of new digital jobs.”
“Research suggests the demand for jobs requiring digital skills will increase [...] employers will increasingly desire workers with foundational digital skills as the digitization of jobs and tasks increases.”
“Many occupations that were previously technology-free, such as janitorial work, now require technology for such basic tasks as checking room assignments and filling out time cards.”
“[...] ‘the increased use of electronic job applications makes it difficult for those with low literacy skills to get a job’ [...] Online tools are now the most important resource for many job seekers”
Strategies for teaching foundational digital skills:
Teach skills in context
Match training to people’s needs
Access to digital tools