Digital divide is a term that refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don't or have restricted access. This technology can include the telephone, television, personal computers and the Internet.
Global access to the internet has been an important social issue in today’s technologically driven society. Those affected by most by not having easy access to technology and the internet are the elderly, the disabled, and low-income communities and individuals. Those without easy access to the internet will most often have to use a public source such as the community library if they wish to get online. Studies have also shown that unfamiliarity or lack of knowledge in regards to technology and the internet is another detrimental factor that adds to the problem of the digital divide, most often in regards to the elderly. Providing programs and initiatives that help bridge this gap between technology and under resourced individuals and communities will ideally provide resources for communication, job searching, educational resources, and other skills needed to thrive in our technologically driven world.
Some of the factors that play into broadband access:
Since 2009, investments from the federal government have led to the deployment or upgrading of well over 100,000 miles of network infrastructure, while 45 million additional Americans have adopted broadband.
In today’s technologically driven world, resources and initiatives like those listed below are positive examples of what is being done in order to help close the gap between those that are technologically literate, and those who have been left behind.
Groups who help people of color discover tech careers:
Lawrence Hikalea | Haley Mitcham | Samuel VanCleef | Ashley Young