the socioeconomic and other disparities between those people who have opportunities and skills enabling them to benefit from digital resources, especially the internet, and those who do not have these opportunities or skills: programs that help to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor countries.
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How to use digital divide in a sentence
The country’s digital divide — the gap between the haves and have-nots in accessing and affording the Internet — vexed policymakers long before the pandemic.
Images of students forced to sit in restaurant parking lots to access free WiFi so they could take their classes on the internet drove home just how wide the digital divide in America remains.Getting vaccinated is hard. It’s even harder without the internet. | Eileen Guo | February 3, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
We work every day with the inspiring stakeholders in the affordable housing community, as well as local governments and tech entrepreneurs looking to bridge this digital divide.VC investment in proptech can yield profits and change lives | Walter Thompson | January 27, 2021 | TechCrunch
Even if seniors do manage to get appointments, Cotter, of San Francisco’s Community Tech Network, warns that the pandemic has exposed how the digital divide has impacted older people more broadly.A big hurdle for older Americans trying to get vaccinated: Using the internet | Rebecca Heilweil | January 27, 2021 | Vox
The pandemic is highlighting a persistent digital divide, in which Americans without a strong and affordable Internet connection are increasingly boxed out of work and education opportunities.Internet regulation takes on greater urgency as pandemic highlights digital divide | Cat Zakrzewski, Tony Romm | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
We could see the progress made toward closing the digital divide come to a full stop.Does This Ruling Mean The End of the Internet? Maybe. | Craig Aaron | January 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Although the term “digital divide” is generally associated with the 1990s, multiple digital divides still exist today.
However, the technology access gap is not the only digital divide confronting students today.
In the 1990s, progressive politicians led by the redoubtable Al Gore, viewed the “digital divide” as a dire national crisis.Government Should Not Spend Big Bucks to Close Internet ‘Time-Wasting Divide’ | Michael Medved | June 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
That means we must close the digital divide between those who have these tools and those who don't.
British Dictionary definitions for digital divide
informal the gap between those people who have internet access and those who do not
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Cultural definitions for digital divide
A term that describes the division of the world into two camps, those who have access to the Internet and other advanced information technologies and those who don't. The term highlights the issue that those who do not have access to such technology are potentially destined to futures where they will be at an economic disadvantage.
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