Divide-busting ideas online

Virginia has set up a place to nurture good ideas for connecting people who don't have access to advanced telecommunication technologies.

The state's Digital Opportunities Task Force recently launched the Virtual Opportunity Center Web site (www.voc.state.va.us) as a clearinghouse for best practices resources about narrowing the digital divide.

Information can be searched alphabetically, by keyword, by number of participants, by region and by type of organization. Postings include contact information, project descriptions and cost figures.

Originally designed to assist community groups, schools, faith-based organizations, businesses and local governments in Virginia, the site also will include cases from other states.

"We want to encourage people from around the country to look at our site, and hopefully there is something from our site that can help in their state," said Janice Akers, an information technology policy specialist with the state's Electronic Government Implementation Division.

The Virtual Opportunity Center, which displays success stories from nine Virginia-based groups, includes an online form to submit new content. To be eligible for inclusion on the site, a group must show that the solution empowers communities, that it can be replicated and sustained, and that its results are measurable.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.