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 There is a long way to go before the digital divide is fully closed. Brian L. Frank For The Wall Street Journal, WSJ, "Schools Work to Speed Up Internet in Rural Homes for Remote Learning," 15 Dec. 2020 Dallas ISD plans to spend $4.5 million building cell towers in five neighborhoods where the digital divide is especially prominent. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, "Dallas ISD plans to build cell towers, pay for internet to help students," 28 Nov. 2020 Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who proposed the additional county funding, said the digital divide had always existed, but the COVID-19 pandemic made the need to address it more critical because many students were attending classes remotely. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Foundation provides $1 million to bridge ‘digital divide’," 29 Oct. 2020 The digital divide has been undermining the academic success of students from poor families since well before the pandemic led many schools to move their operations online. D. Antonio Cantù, Quartz, "Initiatives to close the digital divide must last beyond the pandemic to work," 27 Oct. 2020 That means people are more inclined to stay locked indoors and are no longer reachable by the door-to-door, get-out-the-vote campaigns common to reservations, where the digital divide looms large. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Native Americans battle COVID-19 and other voting obstacles as Election Day nears," 25 Oct. 2020 Over the past decade, the federal government has invested tens of billions of dollars in expanding high-speed Internet access — and yet the digital divide seems to be growing. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, "Teleworking in a parking lot. School on a flash drive. The coronavirus prompts new urgency for rural Internet access.," 14 Oct. 2020 The digital divide was prevalent last spring when, at a moment’s notice, students were remote learning at home. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood City Schools using $32,000 grant to overcome student digital divide," 30 Sep. 2020 The Moving Forward Act, passed by the House in July, would make the $50 per month discount permanent, in recognition that the digital divide will not magically disappear once the virus is under control. Gigi Sohn For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "How to make broadband affordable and accessible for everyone," 9 Sep. 2020

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1994, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Digital divide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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