The digital divide refers to the gap between people who possess regular access to technology, (such as computers and their related functions like ability to get on the Internet), and those who do not have this access. The term originated in the 1990s ...
As I was sitting at the bar in my local New York City watering hole recently, a troubling realization dawned on me: there were 14 people, men and women, sitting at the bar and every single one of them was using a smartphone, their faces glowing...
As Internet technologies are rapidly evolving and new digital divides on the Internet emerge, we must move beyond, at some point, a singular concern over Internet access and technological infrastructure issues. We must tackle socio-cultural differences, we must focus on Internet skills, literacies and social media usage.
There is a growing recognition among health and community service workers that lack of IT access is the new marker of social disadvantage. In response, significant effort is being expended to bridge the digital divide between people who have ready access to computers and a working knowledge of how to use them, and those who don’t.
"Among current non-internet users, almost half (48%) say the main reason they don't go online now is because they don't think the internet is relevant to them -- often saying they don't want to use the internet and don't need to use it to get the information they want or conduct the communication they want," said the report.
More than three million Australians are at risk of being left on the wrong side of the digital divide, with profound consequences for public health and economic wellbeing, according to Don Perlgut, CEO of the Rural Health Education Foundation.
Too many Native American communities are on the wrong side of the digital divide, lacking access to broadband Internet service and to the economic, educational, and health care opportunities that it enables.
The proponents of Open Educational Resources are right to point out the need for digital content. There are few if any locally relevant resources for educators in the developing world – local language being a major issue.
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The digital divide is an economic and social issue which refers to the gulf between information and communication technology ‘haves and have-nots’, existing across a variety of demographic, ethnic and geographic dimensions in developing countries.
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