Maxing Out the Digital Divide
Put simply, the digital divide is an economic and social inequality with regard to access to, use of, or impact of information and communication technologies. It is the divide that exists between those who have access to internet technology, thereby enabling them to fully engage with modern information and global business, and those who do not, whether it is due to different socio-economic levels, education, and or household income levels.
Most of society has access to the technology, and this is reflected in many developed countries, yet, at the same time, the “gap” between those who have and those who do not is growing. Some areas are urban, some are suburban, and the interaction between computers and internet technology are fast becoming the necessary, and if there are parts of the population that are still struggling to gain connectivity, or have not got, at most, minimum access, this could see them actually becoming unable to fully engage with the greater community.
Documents from the mid to late 2000 outlined that computer, and internet access, will be how the world communicates, it will be how information is managed and passed down the chain, the mediums of print, radio, and mostly, forms of communication that don’t involve paper, will become transitioned to a fully interactive online format. As the world is now, much of this has come to pass indeed, and whilst there are many more diverse communities, aged and engendered classes of people who now easily navigate through the World Wide Web, and have access to computers or iPad and Smartphone technology, the divide it seems still has not completely disappeared.