The Digital Divide has been defined as a gap between those with access to new information technologies and those without. The term is also used to characterize the disparity between those who can effectively use information technology and those who cannot. This paper first explores the digital divide within the United States (U.S.) and worldwide. Factors contributing to the widening of the gap are identified, including differences in income, age, education, race, household type, and geographic location. In an effort to reduce the Digital Divide, various initiatives have been undertaken. Preliminary results of an initiative designed to narrow the divide are presented.
Sipior, Janice C.; Ward, Burke T.; and Marzec, Joanna Z., "An Initative to Narrow the Digital Divide: Preliminary Results" (2002). ECIS 2002 Proceedings. 72.