Digital Divide

Originally, the term "digital divide" referred narrowly to an idea of technological "haves" and "have-nots." Some individuals, schools and groups had access to technologies, like computers or broadband Internet, and this gave them a distinct advantage over those who did not.

As digital technology has become cheaper and more widely accessible, there are fewer people in the United States who do not have any access to a computer or the Internet. Many would argue, however, that the digital divide is now about more than just possession or access. Poor design, commercial interests, and a lack of technology education prevent many users from taking advantage of what technology has to offer. This disparity puts many at a disadvantage, and widens the gap between privileged and underprivileged groups and individuals.

Read the following article by Jakob Nielsen and consider how the "digital divide" has affected society and how the issue may evolve in the future.


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