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Defining the Digital Divide

Facts on the Digital Divide 

This page is part of the Digital Divide Network website that lists facts about the Digital Divide.  The page lists facts about the global perspective on the Digital Divide and the U.S. perspective on the Digital Divide. Additional resources and links are also provided for more information.

A Nation Online

This report, A Nation Online: How Americans Are Expanding Their Use Of The Internet, is based on the September 2001 U.S. Census Bureauís Current Population Survey - a survey of approximately 57,000 households and more than 137,000 individuals across the United States.

Web Content Issues

This article defines the digital divide and discusses what content Americans want to see online.  It also focuses on barriers between what content people want to see on the Internet and what is actually on the Internet such as language barriers, lack of cultural diversity, and literacy barriers.

Role of the Government

This article discusses the role of the federal government in providing access for all Americans so that everyone can participate in the Digital Age. Specific data and findings from various studies and reports conducted by the Federal government are discussed.

Gender and the Digital Divide
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American Association of University Women

This website is devoted to promoting equity and education for all women and girls. They have published several landmark studies on how young girls are subtly steered away from academic success, including success in math and science. It also gives summaries of the studies and information on how to order copies by mail or phone.

Gen Tech

GenTech is an applied research project whose mandate is to create conditions within which girls and women have maximum access to, and confidence in, a wide range of new information technologies.

Center for Women and Information Technology

The Center for Women and Information Technology website offers extensive news of women and IT; announcements; links to women-related web sites focusing on Science/Technology, on Internet Information, and on resources for girls; information about women-related email lists in Science/Technology; and a vast collection of web-based syllabi for women- and gender-related courses, including courses focusing on women and science/technology.

Girl Tech

This is a comprehensive website designed for girls to encourage the use of technology.  Teachers have access to lesson plans and resources for parents are also included.

Poverty and the Digital Divide
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This site examines the numbers of people in our country who do not have telephones in their homes. Generally telephone subscription level varies by income, with lower income segments of the population being most unlikely to have telephones in their homes. Twenty-five percent of the population with household income levels of $5000 or less per year do not have telephones, while 94% of households with incomes over $30,000 do have telephones. Without telephone service these people cannot have Internet access, therefore, their poverty is perpetuating the existence of the digital divide for them.

Digital Divide Perpetuates Poverty  

This site examines how the digital divide and poverty go hand in hand, even on an international level. The poor cannot afford to have access to the Internet and digital world, and the people who do not have access to the digital world fall farther behind economically because of the shift towards a digital economy. The author writes that the prime minister of China made the statement that it should be up to the wealthy people of each country and the wealthy countries of the world to help provide technology access to those who are poor.

Maryland Study

This site reports the results, in graphical form, of a study conducted in Maryland to determine how the use of computers and technology in schools in high poverty areas compared with use of computers in low poverty areas. Although there are differences between the presence of technology in high and low poverty schools (with low poverty schools having more technology access), the greater divide between the high and low poverty schools exists with regard to effective use and integration of the technology. Low poverty schools report greater instances of effective technology use and integration.

Solutions to the Digital Divide
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Erate Program

This report is about the E-rate program and how it has helped the neediest schools receive the most money for technology. Schools that have the highest rates of poverty among students are receiving the majority of E-rate funds. The article is full of statistics relating to how E-rate funding is helping to bridge the digital divide by providing funds for technology access.

U. S. Department of Education Report

This site gives reports on different initiatives that have been developed to help remedy the digital divide. It mentions the organization of community technology centers in areas that are poverty-stricken or do not have technology access for other reasons.

Online Reference

This site contains an online reference list for closing the digital divide. It contains links to different articles about successful programs and initiatives that have helped to bridge the gap.

Georgia Resources

This site contains an article about a technology initiative right here in Georgia that aims to bring affordable connectivity and technology training to rural communities. It advocates building local partnerships among businesses and corporations to provide funding for technology and training and the technology itself in some cases. It tells about several successful programs that have already been established.