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Washington Consumers Taking the Digital Reigns to Improve Their Lives

Impressive economic development is just one benefit of today’s tech innovations. Consumers in Washington have embraced technologies that deliver easier access to educational opportunities and cost-efficient health care. Innovations that can build stronger communities and encourage civic engagement are also gaining in popularity.

Washingtonians now have access to a resource that connects them with fellow citizens and facilitates civil discourse. The Living Voters Guide is a community-generated online voters’ guide to statewide ballot measures and initiatives. Developed through a partnership between CityClub and the University of Washington, its purpose is to promote voter education and deliberation by encouraging productive discussion of important ballot measures and public policy. About 25,000 voters have already used the Living Voters Guide, over only two election cycles, indicating a high potential for such tools that promote digital democracy and connectivity between people.

Access to Internet service has also become an essential tool for education, connecting students and teachers to information as well as opportunities for educational enrichment and distance learning. Here in Washington, the K-20 Educational Network provides high-speed broadband service that connects K-12 school districts, colleges, universities, and libraries. Our schools depend on this network, not only to run hundreds of vital, data-based applications, but also to connect students and teachers with peers and learning opportunities.

Across the country and across our state, people are increasingly using wireless connectivity to improve their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and discover new opportunities.

Categories Articles, Blog | Tags: | Posted on August 6, 2013

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