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 New Mexico is the only state in the top 10 that’s not in the South, highlighting a digital divide that defines and holds backs parts of the South. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Rural disconnect: Majority in some Alabama counties don’t have internet access," 27 Dec. 2019 How will human beings coexist with rapidly advancing technology that is taking away traditional jobs—and creating new digital divides in its wake? Fortune, "The Tech Arms Race Will Never End: Can the Rest of Us Ever Catch Up?," 19 Dec. 2019 And, of course, numerous studies show that the digital divide is widening, a chasm that poses questions about whether opportunities for success can and will be open to all. Dallas Morning News, Twin Cities, "Other voices: The internet is 50 years old. Will we survive the next 50 years?," 17 Dec. 2019 The Connect America Fund is part of an FCC effort to close the digital divide in the United States. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Broadband expanding to thousands in rural Wisconsin with $4.6 million from FCC," 16 Dec. 2019 Solar-powered balloons doubling as cell towers could soon address the digital divide in rural Peru. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Loon’s autonomous balloons are bringing the internet to rural Peru," 21 Nov. 2019 The widening rural-urban digital divide is leaving behind whole swaths of the country, exacerbating educational and economic inequalities and thwarting innovations in agriculture. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "The One-Traffic-Light Town with Some of the Fastest Internet in the U.S.," 2 Dec. 2019 This suggests that relying solely on mobile networks to bridge the digital divide is not enough. Ryan Hawthorne, Quartz Africa, "Mobile access alone won’t solve the digital divide—we’re going to need fixed-line after all," 26 Nov. 2019 Bridging this digital divide has been a prime driver of TikTok’s success in India. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Beyond “silly memes,” TikTok’s India story is driven by users earning less than $350 a month," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of digital divide

1994, in the meaning defined above

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“Digital divide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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