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Laurie Shteir, CIS Department Digital Divide
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Digital Divide The "Digital Divide" describes the gap between individuals and communities with greater and lesser access to technology resources and training. “Digital Divide” refers to the gap between those able to benefit from digital technology and those who are not. Larry Irving, Tech Advisor to President Clinton popularized the term in the 1990s Goes beyond access and encompasses who is actually helped by technology Related to social inclusion and opportunities
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Digital Divide What has helped with the Digital Divide Falling price of digital devices More computers in public schools and libraries Cell phones and handheld devices that connect to the internet have helped more people to gain access the internet Evolution of the web into a cultural crossroads - of work, play and social interaction
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Digital Divide Using new technology to provide clean drinking water available to poor people Improving health care services for the poor. Thus, closing the Digital Divide is about catalyzing the digital economy so that it serves poor people whether those people have their own direct access to computers or not.
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Digital Divide Tendency to view digital divide as binary and simplistic Solutions have tended to be physical and digital while ignoring other factors Does the individual have access to a computer Where? Work? Home? Library? Community Center?
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