digital divide

noun

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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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 These new users could get stuck on a separate and unequal path to Internet connectivity, which will serve to widen—not narrow—the digital divide. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?," 17 May 2018 The digital divide was the largest among millennial and Gen X bank customers. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Why online banking customers aren't happy," 1 May 2018 Among wealthy nations, income gaps in Internet and device access is shrinking, but a new type of digital divide is emerging. Candice Odgers, Fortune, "Commentary: It’s Easy to Blame Smartphones for Teens’ Mental Health Issues. But It’s Wrong.," 6 Apr. 2018 There’s a huge digital divide between the haves, and the have nots. Kip Hill, The Seattle Times, "Spokane explores publicly owned broadband network," 16 Mar. 2018 Lifeline has a different mission: to make sure that America's most vulnerable populations are not left on the wrong side of the digital divide. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai’s supporters say he’s gone too far with plan that hurts poor people," 5 Mar. 2018

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1994, in the meaning defined above

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