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What is Digital Navigation Anyway?

Tech speak changes so quickly these days, check out this dictionary guide to help you know what's what

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What is Digital Navigation Anyway?

Digital navigation is something we do any time we use a device that connects to the internet. These can be our phones, tablets, computers, eReaders, or anything else. More and more, we’ve seen digital platforms becoming the standard for participating in our society–according to the National Broadband Plan being developed by the FCC, the internet is “‘a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness, and a better way of life’” (Federal Communications Commission, 2010).

 

 

Not everyone lives or grew up with the same access and skills, however, so the more we rely on the internet for daily living, the more marginalized some people find themselves. That’s where the library comes in. The WCPL has received funding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to help our community members stay up-to-date on how to use their devices, and get the most out of them!

 

We’ve included a list of definitions below to help prepare you for your digital experiences–these are words that get used often but rarely get explained. Enjoy!

Written by

Miranda Portales

Edited by

Morgan Tam

Broadband: High-speed internet that you have 24/7 access to and is faster than traditional (dial-up) internet access. Examples include cable, wireless, and satellite (term definitions below). 

 

Cable Modem System: Exists in a loop of your local area, such as your neighborhood, that connects all of you to the internet as one big connection. Cable broadband providers in Texas include Charter and Comcast.


Download: Typically involving data on a computer being transferred from one device to another via the internet.