Digital divide is a term that refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don't or have restricted access. This technology can include the telephone, television, personal computersand the Internet.
It is important to understand what the digital divide represents, in order to help bridge the gap by implementing national and global strategies that distribute information and knowledge among the information rich and information poor more evenly.
Why is the digital divide important?
Currently we live in a world where digital technologies have invaded every aspect of our lives and changed the nature of learning - how, where and when learning takes place - by making new kinds of knowledge available. Within our contemporary world, if individuals have limited or no access to or knowledge of digital technologies and the Internet, then their capacity to fully contribute to, and benefit from society and the economy is reduced.