What is the digital divide and why does it matter to Minnesota? Get to know #13: Ken Nelson


Ken Nelson, Supervisor of the University of Minnesota Digital Divide InitiativeKen Nelson is Supervisor of the Digital Divide Initiative (DDI) with the University of Minnesota.  The digital divide is the gap between people with effective access to digital  and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all.  The definition encompasses imbalances in resources and skills needed to effectively participate as a digital citizen.  The phrase “digital inclusion” is often used when describing programs and policies aimed at solving for Minnesota’s digital divide problem.

In essence, Mr. Nelson describes his mission as “…to get the best technology I can to under served populations.  That takes the form of hardware, software, and other support mechanisms to help bridge that divide.”