As noted on page 219 (p. 155) in your textbook, "The 'great digital divide' is a term coined to address the concerns of many people that the world is becoming one marked by the 'have's' and 'have not's' with respect to technology." Address the following thoughts:
- Is there a digital divide in the United States? Include statistics to support your answer.
- Find one government or private company that has a program that is attempting to address this concern either here in the United States or in another country. What is being done in the program to lessen the gap in the divide?
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Facebook is one company that has sought to develop a way to lessen the digital divide gap in the United States. Mark Zuckerberg donated 100 million dollars to Newark Public Schools in New Jersey. Zuckerberg did not have any stipulations to the allocation of the money. He wanted to help an area that experiences the downside of the digital divide. His Start- Up Foundation is one that seeks to reduce the challenging effects of the gap in technological access. This is one way in which individuals in the position of economic power seek to help out those who are in technological need.
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