describes the fact that the world can be divided into people who do and people who don't have access to - and the capability to use - modern information technology, such as the telephone, television, or the Internet.
In practice, The Digital Divide is:
A man who doesn't know what internet is.
A woman who doesn't know that she can make free calls through the internet.
A kid who can't
do his homework because he doesn't have a computer.
There are nearly 7 billion
people in the world
In developed countries.
Only 39% are connected
In developing countries.
78% households connect to the Internet.
Fixed-broadband prices represent 1.7% of monthly GNI.
Internet contributes to economy growth, increases competitiveness and opportunities for innovation.
Internet increases job opportunities.
Easy access to media, documents, health and government services.
At least 10 Mbit/s broadband Internet.
90% households are not connected to the Internet.
Fixed-broadband prices are expensive, accounting for 30.1% of average monthly incomes.
People don't know the benefits of Internet and don't have the skills to operate with it.
Lack of technology decreases professional opportunities.
People won't be able to compete with the rest of the world.
Slow Internet speeds.
Bridging The Digital Divide would bring:
Different types of situations can be handled better with equal access to the Internet.
Fair environment to everyone.
Public participation could increase. The society would become more informed.
New technologies would increase the productivity.