digital divide


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

Examples of digital divide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the digital divide remains wide and digital technology profoundly impacts geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific region, it is expected to play a crucial role in realizing sustainability. Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 Closing the digital divide has long plagued policymakers who have strived to connect more Americans to this vital service. Christian Arana, The Mercury News, 1 June 2024 Previous federal efforts to close the digital divide long focused on making high-speed internet available in all areas, without much thought given to whether people could afford it, Rosenworcel noted. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 31 May 2024 Mayor Scott’s visionary Digital Equity Fund puts Baltimore in a position to build on these successes and remain a national leader in the fight to bridge the digital divide. Broderick Johnson, Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for digital divide 

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Word History

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of digital divide was in 1994

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“Digital divide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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