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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Recent Examples on the Web The cost to closing the digital divide in the US is about $11 billion. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "There is an education crisis hiding behind Covid’s health and economic crises," 2 July 2020 Still, advocates say there's plenty of evidence to pressure Congress to allocate more money to help close the digital divide. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "'This is hell': Parents and kids hate online classes. Going back to school likely will include more of it.," 29 June 2020 On April 15, Langwell’s team came up with a new giving strategy focused on bridging the digital divide in Detroit by providing access to the Internet, digital technology and digital-literacy training. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "The Rocket Mortgage Classic will be different this year. Here's how," 28 June 2020 Similarly, all American school children have lost critical classroom hours, but lower-income children have been disproportionately damaged by remote learning in part due to the digital divide and loss of free lunch programs. Mary Elizabeth Collins, The Conversation, "3 moral virtues necessary for an ethical pandemic response and reopening," 26 June 2020 Here’s her recent photo essay exploring the digital divide facing a rural community in Baltimore. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The enduring whiteness of the Fed," 26 June 2020 The public health crisis has compounded the digital divide in recent months. Essence, "Broadband Access Is A Civil Right We Can’t Afford To Lose – But Many Can’t Afford To Have," 17 June 2020 The shutting down of in-person learning by schools in March because of coronavirus made the digital divide that exists between some students clear, according to the release. Chris Mayhew,, "United Way, Cincinnati Bell, will give internet to 1,000 NKY students for new school year," 11 June 2020 That's a problem for tens of millions on the wrong side of the digital divide. Marion Renault, Wired, "When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of digital divide

1994, in the meaning defined above

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“Digital divide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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