The term digital divide refers to the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those without. It includes the imbalances in physical access to technology as well as the imbalances in resources and skills needed to effectively participate as a digital citizen. In other words, it is the unequal access by some members of society to information and communications technology, and the unequal acquisition of related skills. The digital divide may be classified based on gender, income, and race groups, and by locations. The term global digital divide refers to differences in technology access between countries or large regions of the world … (full long text on wikipedia).
Some involved Civil Societies on the web:
- Youth for Technology Foundation;
- Computer Aid.org;
- Digital Divide.org;
- BDPA Education Technology Foundation BETF;
- RADwin, connecting the global village;
- Bridging th Global Digital Divide BGDD;
And some blogs working on Digital Divide:
- Speedmatters.org (for US);
- crossing the digital divide;
- Digital Divide Network DDN;
- Dubzee’s Digital Divide;
- The Digital Divide; .
Some Articles in the News:
- TV Converts to Digital: Will It Create a New Digital Divide? 29 Dec 2008;
- Helping to break a ‘digital divide’, Dec 23 2008;
- Analysys Mason report points to growing digital divide between East and West in Northern Ireland, 18 December 2008;
- Lloyd’s helps address ‘digital divide’ with 50k funding for e-Learning Foundation, 11 Dec 2008;
- Analysis: (US) Inner cities still need more broadband, 01/02/2009;
- Microsoft reiterates commitment to bridging the digital divide, 23 December 2008;
- Bridging the Digital Divide, City program gives families computers (and) Internet access (Longmont, Northern Colorado/US), 12/20/2008;
- State Rep. Smith urges area entities to apply for Digital Divide Grants, 17 dec. 2008;
- … and from 22 May 2008: Fears of digital divide groundless as online access soars in rural areas.
A few (older) Google download books:
- Digital Divide, By Pippa Norris, 2001, 303 pages;
- Virtual Inequality, By Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, Mary Stansbury, 2003, 192 pages;
- The Digital Divide, facing a crisis or creating a myth, By Benjamin M. Compaine, 2001, 357 pages;
- Bridging the Digital Divide, By Lisa J. Servon, 2002, 273 pages.
Also: FIND FOR DIGITAL DIVIDE – on Google results: about geographical digital divide; about economic digital divide; about causes of the digital divide; about impact of the digital divide; about digital divide in Africa; about digital divide (by) fear of technology; … and with Google searches: on Google Image results; on Google Video-search; on Google Book-search; on Google Scholar-search; on Google Group-search; on Google Blog-search.
And look for books on amazon.