Digital Divide Implications and Trends

Digital Divide Implications and Trends

Irene Chen (University of Houston – Downtown, USA) and Terry T. Kidd (University of Texas Health Science Center, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-987-8.ch020
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Within the past decade, a growing body of evidence supports the ever-widening technological gap among members of the society and world, in particular children and the elderly (NTIA, 1995, 1997, 1999). This “digital divide” has become a leading economic and civil rights issue. The digital divide is referred to as a social/political issue encompassing the socio-economic gap between communities that have access to computers, the Internet, and other information technology- related services and those that do not. The term also refers to gaps that exist between groups regarding their ability to use ICTs (information and communications technologies) effectively and the gap between those groups that have access to quality, useful digital content, and those that do not.

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