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

Examples of digital divide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bibb is seeking an additional $5 million to address the digital divide, Zickefoose said. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 12 July 2022 Ian Linssen, assistant to the city manager in Mesa, said expanding broadband access and closing the digital divide has been a priority for the council for years, and the COVID-19 pandemic made the issue even more pressing. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2022 But independent study after study bears out the urgency of closing the digital divide. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 21 June 2022 And about 12 million students are impacted by the digital divide, according to a report from Common Sense, Boston Consulting Group and the Southern Education Foundation. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2021 Hundreds of millions of dollars in government grants have been poured into bridging the digital divide in Wisconsin, and more funding is coming under the federal infrastructure plan over the next few years. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2022 The gaps could be attributed to the digital divide: certain groups are less likely to have the technology or know how to use it, the authors say. Mohana Ravindranath, STAT, 19 Apr. 2022 The prospect of home schooling also raises issues related to the digital divide. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2022 Oceanside is developing a Digital Equity & Inclusion Plan, aimed at understanding and addressing the digital divide in the community. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of digital divide

1994, in the meaning defined above

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2 Aug 2022

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“Digital divide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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