Social developments from digital environments
13. The Advantages Gap
Haves and have-nots might get a better look at each other. These views may further widen, or may help narrow, the divides.
There are domestic (US) and international aspects and they don't necessarily "match."
-The digital divide (access aspect only)
-US broadband penetration by state
There isn't a "single" divide (never really was, though "access" was the focus." Sometimes the divides are by industry or segment.
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.
Will the Americans with Disabilities Act tear a hole in Internet law?
When the topic/question first came up, there was skepticism
Eventually, however, the pendulum has started to swing in the direction of the need to accommodate. A significant factor is that a LOT of "public" business is now done online. Even, for example, in "private" places like BU... when schools take federal money, they begin to align themselves with federal laws.
Concept 13 Application Note article:
Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says
Want to learn more?
World InequityLab Report:
PEW Internet/Broadband fact sheet
The Global Information Technology Report 2012: Living in a Hyperconnected World. World Economic Forum, Executive summary, part 1: p. 11-20.