Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs
Executive Order on ICT Literacy.
Sacramento, September 2009.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued
Executive Order S-06-09 on May 28, 2009, calling
attention to and supporting the need for
Information and Communications Technologies
(ICT) Digital Literacy.
The order stated
that ICT Digital Literacy “is a defining
component of California’s competitiveness for a
knowledge-based economy and is growing in
importance to attract capital investment that
will generate higher quality jobs.”
order pointed out some compelling statistics
about the state of digital literacy, something
that many of us take for granted. Less than half
of Latinos (48%) have home computers, compared
with about 86% for Whites, 84% for Asians, and
79% for Blacks.
Only 40% of Latinos have
Internet access, and only 34% of Latinos have
broadband connections at home, while majorities
of other racial or ethnic groups have both
Internet access and broadband connections.
Only 32% of Californians are very confident
about using the Internet.
More than 56% of
parents indicate that they visit their
children’s school websites, but only 30% of
those with household incomes under $40,000
indicate doing so, as compared to 84% of those
with incomes of $80,000 or more.
62% of Californians indicate a concern that
lower-income areas are less likely than others
to have access to broadband Internet technology.
There is a disparity among ethnic/racial
groups, income levels, and regions when
comparing rates of computer ownership, Internet
access, and broadband connections at home.
majority of residents express concern that
Californians in lower-income areas and rural
areas have less access to broadband Internet
technology than others.
indications that since 2000, computer use has
grown among whites (79% to 85%) and blacks (76%
to 83%), as has Internet use (70% to 81% for
whites, 60% to 82% for blacks), but among
Latinos, computer use has declined (64% to 58%)
and Internet use is unchanged (47% to 48%),
while Asians have seen declines in both their
use of computers (91% to 81%) and the Internet
(84% to 80%).