ERIC Number: ED493474
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Not Just an Access Issue: Further Analysis of the Digital Divide from a Socioeconomic Perspective
Milheim, Karen L.
In recent years, a concern surrounding technology access to historically marginalized populations, referred to as the "Digital Divide" (Divide), has surfaced. This analysis examines the Digital Divide from a socioeconomic standpoint, and discusses the effects of the Divide on students. Also addressed are the varying perspectives towards the Divide, current initiatives presently being taken to address it, as well as concerns with these initiatives. As a result of this analysis, questions still remain relevant to the Divide; more specifically, is it becoming more narrow, or is it not being addressed adequately? Government officials, private donors, educators, and others supporting initiatives to address the issue must continue to understand and address the Divide from multiple viewpoints as opposed to addressing the issues from only one, narrow perspective. It is also important to address issues related to the various individuals affected by the socioeconomic Digital Divide, and acknowledge the effects the solutions to these particular issues have on creating other, potential gaps. Questions for future exploration surrounding this on-going debate are presented.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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