International Political Economy and Development

Digital Divide

Posted in Economic Growth by DS on January 22, 2010

What is digital divide? This is one of the most common terminologies used by the development community for a long time. I want to list some areas that we experience digital divide in this post and will appreciate if you could identify more:

i.  ICT Infrastructure divide which includes all varieties of ICTS; the ‘old’ ICTs of radio, television and telephone, and the ‘new’ ICTs of computers, satellites and wireless technology and the Internet

ii. Content divide; useful content vs useless content, language barriers i.e. more than 70% of the world’s websites are in English

iii. Gender divide; women has less access to ICTs in most part of the world compared to men

iv. Income divide; rich people have always more access to digital technologies than the poor

v. Literacy divide

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