The Digital Divide
The digital divide is described as the gap between a significant number of people that have access and the capability to the resources of digital and information technology or information and communication technologies (ICT) and those that have little or no access at all. Breaking it down, "digital" focuses on technology over other factors. "Divide" on implies a distinct split.
It can also be recognised as the difference between "the haves" and the "have-nots" in the technology revolution. The digital divide is a social impact that reflects various differences among and within countries. The term originated in the 90's and was often used by President Clinton as 'trying to bridge the gap between the digital divide'. This is a constant battle that some countries face as they do not have the same opportunities for social and economic development.
Without any knowledge of such resources, a lack of social and technological developments has occurred. The digital divide can exist between rural and urban areas, the educated and uneducated, between economic classes and even on a global scale between social and technological development. The main factors that do exist between the digital divide are income, age, race and location.
There are 3 factors to bridging the digital divide;

1) Accessibility 2) Affordability 3) Empowerment
Another suggestion to bridging the digital divide was the idea from the "one laptop per child" project at www.laptop.org but this could be a problem because of insufficient infrastructure and high online charges. It is important to recognise the endurance of inequalities in individuals’ ICT use and the unequal acquisition of related skills. Groups often discussed in the context of a digital divide include socioeconomic (rich/poor), racial (majority/minority), generational (young/old) or geographical (urban/rural). By being a digital citizen, someone who participates in society using a certain amount of information technology, a contribution is made to the digital divide. Yet there are those that cannot or do not have access to the new technologies and the opportunities they bring making them socially excluded from this ever growing economy on a global scale making the digital divide more recognisable.





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