Citizens of our country, especially rural America, face a complex problem brought to them by an always-changing and constantly-advancing digital world.
This problem is “The Digital Divide.”
This divide is the gap between people who have effective and reliable access to digital technology (computers, smartphones, internet, etc.) and those who do not. This gap can exist within a single community or span between different countries; it is influenced by factors such as socioeconomic status, geography, age, and education. The digital divide has serious consequences for individuals and societies, including limited access to education, healthcare, job opportunities, and social connections.
Bridging the digital divide requires a multi-faceted approach that involves providing access to technology and internet infrastructure, improving computer skills and digital literacy, while also addressing underlying social and economic inequalities.
There are many initiatives and programs aimed at bridging the digital divide, such as providing internet access and computer equipment to underserved communities, offering digital literacy training and resources, and advocating for policy changes that support universal access to technology. However, there is still much work for us to do in ensuring that everyone has equal access to the benefits of the digital age.