Government and Companies Take Aim at the Digital Divide

At the beginning of the pandemic, as companies sent their workforces home to work remotely at the same time children and their schoolteachers began conducting classes online, one thing became clear: technology is not yet a right but a privilege.

Despite technology being a modern necessity for engagement with society and new opportunities, access to technology and high-speed internet still proves problematic for some communities.

You have likely heard this referred to as the digital divide or internet inequality because the access gap often runs along class and racial lines. While there is no clear line drawn, as is the case with overall segregation, the Pew Research Center reports that access to broadband internet for Black and Hispanic households lags behind whites. While smartphones are closing the gap through “smartphone-only” internet users, there remain disadvantages for those without a traditional computer and access to high-speed internet.

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