digital divide


Definition of digital divide

: the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have computers and online access and those who do not

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Faith Bautista, president of the nonprofit home counseling agency National Asian American Coalition, said the real problem was solving the Internet’s digital divide and providing cheap online access for seniors and immigrants. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "California net neutrality bill poised to pass state senate committee," 17 Apr. 2018 But even if these projects succeed, tech giants may face a more fundamental problem in bridging the digital divide: language. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Bridging the Internet's Digital Language Divide," 13 June 2019 Both organizations are committed to closing the digital divide. Amy Davis,, "Surfing while sudsing: Baltimore Wash & Learn Initiative equips laundromats with computers," 10 June 2019 The digital divide is growing, however, as the Apple Watch Series 4 released last month added an alert system for when the wearer falls down and a function designed to identify heart irregularities. Ese Erheriene, WSJ, "Old-School Watchmakers Get Smart to Counter Apple," 17 Nov. 2018 Closing that digital divide and opening those opportunities will be at the top of my to-do list. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "2019's Barrier-Breaking Politicians Get to Work," 3 Jan. 2019 The effects of globalization and the digital divide were icing on an already baking doom-cake. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "In America’s ‘geography of despair,’ how to help the left-behind places?," 21 Nov. 2018 This gives internet access to people that otherwise don't have it, ensuring that libraries are doing their part to close the digital divide. Kim Komando, Fox News, "11 amazing perks you get from your local library you never knew before now," 25 Aug. 2018 Smart-city initiatives can focus on bridging the digital divide by ensuring all corners of the community have access to high-speed internet — a near-necessity for everything from applying for college scholarship and jobs to paying bills. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "City to move forward with innovation zones," 6 June 2018

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1994, in the meaning defined above

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