What is the role of ethnicity in the digital divide?
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What is the role of ethnicity in the digital divide?

The factors that contribute to the use of technology within different ethnic groups in the United States.

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This curation of topics is focused on the many factors that contribute to the digital divide amongst ethinic groups in the United States.  Though the world and the use of technology has changed drastically over the past few years and these changes have been for the better, a significant amount of people have been left behind when it comes to accessing these things.  These groups are often the most poor or isolated from society.  Black and hispanic communities have had to find a way to catch up to an increasingly changing digital world.  This topic holds importance because the world we live in is turning completely digital and centered around internet access.  If a person or a group of people looks to keep up with the rest of the world they must find a way to adjust so they can be included.  

The sources I located took a look at the many factors holding ethnic minorities back from bridging the gap of the digital divide.  Most of the factors are economic and a few of them are cultural. i also wanted to look up the presence of minorities in the digital world, and is is there especially on social networks.  But while this is happpening, these groups are still behind in the digital world, because it is difficult for them to create content or businesses because they are still behind.  The use of smartphones and mobile technologies has helped but it still cannot be seen as an equalizer, and thats what a few of these resources highlight.  

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Erik Marshall's comment, June 11, 2013 1:36 PM
This is an important question.
Erik Marshall's comment, June 11, 2013 1:36 PM
Nice sources.
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The Digital Divide: Are African American’s Being Left Behind?

The Digital Divide: Are African American’s Being Left Behind? | What is the role of ethnicity in the digital divide? | Scoop.it
Chances are you’ve all heard about the “digital divide” but not everyone is exactly sure as to what that actually is.
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Though minority groups are catching up on the internet with the use of social networks while using mobile phones and their applications, there is a sector in which they are being left behind.  The divide continues to increase in areas that include businesses or innovations that require the use of technology.  The writer points out the lack of a black presence in tech start up companies.  Attention is also drawn to the low number of black speakers at social or digital media confrences. Takes a fresh look at the issue of the digital divide.  

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Internet Use Among Racial/Ethnic Groups In The United States

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Different from the other articles on the digitial divide, this scholarly article takes a detailed look as to how access to technology can enrich and enhance the quality of life.  Health information, benefits from social networking and employment can all be enhanced with online use.  The lack of these resources are not present among minorities even though internet usage for these groups has increased.  This article also provides proposed solutions for this divide.  

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Closing%20the%20Digital%20Divide.pdf

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This scholarly article looks into why there is a digital divide amongst members of certain ethnicities and social classes within the United States. The writers analyze how this lack of access can contribute to this group of people falling behind in an incresiingly digital society, leaving them on the outside looking in of an information based economy.  Many factors constribute to this divide, such as cost, location, education and income. Black and Latino communities were cited as being effected the most by this divide. 

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» Digital Divide Persists, Though Blacks Blog More - Psych Central News

» Digital Divide Persists, Though Blacks Blog More    - Psych Central News | What is the role of ethnicity in the digital divide? | Scoop.it
New research suggests that although the digital divide still persists, some areas of Internet and social media use are more racially diverse than
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While the other sources on this topic highlight the inequalities in the digital world, this for one shows a different side and another viewpoint of the the digital divide.  The main point in this article is that once black Americans have the access to technology or personal devices that they partcipate in blogging or creating personal content more than any other ethnic group.  A key observation the article makes is that while blacks may be shut out of the mainstream media, they may use blog platforms to report or discuss issues within their own communities.  

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Consequences of Digital Divide

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This article gives great statistics and figures on how the digital divide is effecting minority households.  The raw numbers and differences in having access to computers and computer ownership is highlighted in this piece of writing.  The language barrier is also discussed here, as many spanish speaking homes have been impacted by this, as their rates of computer ownership is lower than most minority groups within the United States 

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For minorities, new 'digital divide' seen

For minorities, new 'digital divide' seen | What is the role of ethnicity in the digital divide? | Scoop.it
Today, as mobile technology puts computers in our pockets, Latinos and blacks are more likely than the general population to access the Web by cellular phones, and they use their phones more often to do more things.
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Associated Press writer Jesse Washington takes a look at how minorities are effected by the digital divide, even when they have access to new technology.  The widespread use of smartphones has made it possible for many minorities to participate online with the use of a handheld device.  This article looks at how minorities may not be responsible for creating new internet content, but only consuming it andf that is where the new digital divide is being created.  

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