13. The Advantages Gap

Without intervention, the information marketplace will widen the gaps between rich and poor countries and people.

  • For example, private companies might "pitch in," both to help, and to keep gov. regulation off their backs.
  • Keep in mind: private companies also have "market-based" motivations for increasing access, esp. access that is through them. The more users of their products and services, the more $ they can make.
  • in the US, public libraries help close the divide

Haves and have-nots might get a better look at each other. These views may further widen, or may help narrow, the divides.

Due to recording date(s), statistics given in the lecture are no longer current.

Please refer to the statistics in the Congressional Research Service Report from 2021.

-"The Digital Divide: What Is It, Where Is It, and Federal Assistance Programs."

-Digital Divide Interactive Map

There isn't a "single" divide (never really was, though "access" was the focus." Sometimes the divides are by industry or segment.

"The Real Digital Divide Isn’t About Access to the Internet"

One of the major risks is that we will end up with electronic resources and services that cater only to the wealthy, those who can provide ROI to technology providers, such that we get a bifurcated new media environment--yet another divide.

A second major risk is that we have a new divide: Infoglut, in which so much information/data (about us) is available that the only people who can make sense of it have (1) access to enormous databases and (2) access to enormous computing resources to process the data.

  • What are the top "advantages gap" risks in the U. S. today?
  • What are the top "advantages gap" risks on the international scene today?
  • What happens when American enterprise gets deeply involved?
  • What are the relationships between monopolistic business practices in the communications industries and advantages gaps?
  • Which monopolistic business practices in the communications industries currently appear ripe for anti-trust action and how might the advantages gaps be changed as a result?

Americans with Disabilities Act: "Website Accessibility Under Title II of the ADA."

"Domino Pizza's Website Violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)-Robles v. Domino's."

Concept 13 Analysis article:

“Regulating the Digital Divide."

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World InequityLab Report:

PEW Internet/Broadband fact sheet

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