The Digital Divide
The digital divide is something that has been created out of a limited or lack of access to digital information technology. The idea is that there is a gap between people with access to this type of digital information and those that do not have access to it. The lack of access to digital technology is based on lack of finances or, lack of resources in education and skills needed to understand and be a part of digital technology. The digital divide may be classified based on gender, income, and race groups, and by locations.[1]
The term, digital divide, was used frequently in the mid-1990s and was used to describe the social gap between those had technology and were involved with it and those who did not.[2]
One of the current usages of the term, digital divide, is “the troubling gap between those who use computers and the internet and those who do not”.[3] There are some people that own a computer and there are those who do not have the finances to purchase one. The simple fact of having a computer offers an individual many opportunities to get involved and be informed of other types of digital technology. Internet is one of the most common things in this day and age in the world of technology. Many technological devices and hardware have something to do with internet. Some of the most common items are Ipods, mp3 players, cell phones, and now even cars. All these items use some form of internet to download, navigate, and receive information through the web. The term, digital divide, can mean two things when used. The first way the term is used is when people have unequal access to computer devices or hardware. The second way the term, digital divide, is used is when it refers to inequalities between groups of people that just do not have the education and abilities to use technology.[4]


[1] Rice, 2002, p.105-129
[2] Kate Williams, //What is the digital divide?//, working paper, University of Michigan, 2001

[3] Mehra et al., 2004, p.782
[4] Anthony G. Wilhelm, Digital Nation: Towards an inclusive information society, MIT Press, 2004