Digital Divide and Inclusion

Authored by: Mark Warschauer , Melissa Niiya

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ELIS4-140000153

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Abstract

The term “digital divide” is used to describe unequal access to computers, the Internet, and online information, whether among individuals, communities, or countries. Originally targeted at issues of physical access, such as whether people had a computer or Internet account at home, the concept is increasingly used to incorporate related issues, such as whether people have the skills and knowledge required to make effective use of digital media and information. A variety of initiatives have been taken within the United States and internationally to try to combat the digital divide.

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