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kisstopher83 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 27, 2012 at 1:08 AM via web

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Does the digital divide still exist in the United Staes and how might the givernment remedy it?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 27, 2012 at 2:04 AM (Answer #1)

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The digital divide, i.e. the difference in access to computer technology between the rich and poor in the United States, still exists and may be growing due to the increase economic inequality. The great problem with the digital divide is that lack of access to technology makes it increasingly hard to work one's way out of poverty. Given that hiring is done online and that access to email and similar technologies is necessary to communicate with employers and search job advertisements, people without that access have great difficulty finding jobs.

One major way to help people get access to the information needed to get jobs is to support public libraries, which provide access to both digital and print information that can help the poor find jobs and pursue education.

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