ERIC Number: ED459714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Addressing the Digital Divide.
The phrase, "digital divide," has been applied to the gap that exists in most countries between those with ready access to the tools of information and communication technologies and the knowledge that they provide access to, and those without such access or skills. This gap may be because of socio-economic, geographical, educational, attitudinal, or generational factors, or it may be through physical disabilities. A further gap between the developed and underdeveloped world in the uptake of technology is evident within the global community and may be of even greater significance. This paper examines a number of these issues at the national level in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, looking for evidence of the digital divide, assessing factors that contribute to it, and evaluating strategies that can help reduce it. The relevance of these strategies to developing countries, strategies for reducing the international digital divide, and the role of libraries in reducing the digital divide at the national and global level are also explored. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Library Role, Telecommunications
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; New Zealand; United Kingdom; United States