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Agency report
Digital divide: beyond the infrastructure

Extent: 16p., 90K, PDF4.0
Description: Focuses on what private sector, nonprofit and government entities are doing to help close the gap between the technologically connected and not-connected
Date: August 20, 2001
Subject(s): Science and technology; Races; Rural policy
Creator(s): Minnesota Planning (Agency). Critical Issues Team
Contributor: Lee Schutz
Publisher: Minnesota Planning (Agency); Minnesota Planning (Agency)

This report examines some causes of the gap between the technologically connected and non-connected that go beyond infrastructure. Calculating the percentage of wired homes or counting the number of students per computer does not give a complete picture. This report focuses on what private sector, nonprofit and government entities are doing and can do to help close the gap. Examples of programs in schools and communities across the U.S. that are working toward “digital inclusion” are highlighted.


Document contents:

  • Defining the digital divide
  • Understanding the consequences
  • Those affected by the digital divide
  • Measuring the digital divide in America’s homes
  • Home access is critical for success
  • Access in communities
  • Measuring the digital divide in schools
  • Final thoughts
  • Glossary

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