1. Digital Divide
2. What is the digital divide?
The digital divide refers to the gap between people with effective
access to digital and information technology and those with very
limited or no access at all. It includes the imbalance both in
physical access to technology and the resources and skills needed
to effectively participate as a digital citizen.
3. Facts about the digital divide.
In Asia only 4 in every 1,000 people have a PC compared to 585 per
1,000 in the US.
Statistics show that the benefits of the digital economy continue
to flow to the wealthy
4. Examples of Different Forms of Digital Divide
Education: One area of significant focus in the United States is
school computer access.
Gender: It has been observed that the digital divide for women is
much greater than for men.
Disability: Lack of accommodation for people with disabilities
causes a gap in those people's abilities to access to technology
5. Global Divide: describes the Infotech disparities between
different regions of the world in relation to generalized rates of
social and technological development
6. Digital Divide Issues
The high cost of computers create a large divide between the people
that can afford them and the people that cannot.
The ability to make full use technically and financially of
Access or lack of access to the internet
Not only an issue in developing counties but also in wealthy
countries that face barriers to access, for economic, linguistic,
and generational reasons.
7. How Can We Prevent Digital Divide?
Some countries and organizations are trying to close the digital
divide by using free and open source software (FOSS).
FOSS is a good way to turn because it approaches the language
barrier issues. Most software can address only 3-4 languages, but
FOSS can be adapted into whatever is needed.
Make computers more affordable.
Having computers accessible in the schools for students to become
8. Prevention Continued
Making computer and internet access more available for the masses
versus just the wealthy and developed countries.
There are many more creative and innovative ways being researched
to close the gap on the digital divide.
9. Exam Questions
What is digital divide?
A. gap between people with effective access to digital and
information technology and those with very limited or no access at
B. Just the gap between countries technology.
C. Gap between reading and math scores between China and the United
D. The slow process of learning how to use Microsoft
10. Exam Question
Describe an approach to the prevention of the digital
11. Exam Question
Why is FOSS a good approach to bridging the digital