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Digital Divide The term digital divide is used to refer to a gap between those people and communities who can effectively use new information and communication tools such as a computer or the Internet and those who cannot The digital divide is affected by race income location age and gender As educators we need to help bridge the digital divide Race is the first factor contributing to the digital divide Black and Hispanic groups still trail considerably behind the national average for PC personal computer ownership Of white households 557 percent own a computer NTIA Thats more than the number of black households 326 percent or Hispanic 337 percent households The households with computers White 461 and Asian American Pacific Islander 568 households continued to have Internet access at levels more than double those of Black 235 and Hispanic 236 households DDN Income is the second factor contributing to the digital divide 863 of households earning 75000 and above per year have computer access compared to 192 of households earning less than 15000 per year DDN Of the households with computers earning 75000 and above per year 863 of the households had Internet access compared to 127 of households earning less than 15000 per year White 896 and Asian American Pacific Islander 914 households earning 75000 and above per year have computer access at levels more than to those of Black 831 and Hispanic 816 households earning 75000 and above per year White 269 and Asian American Pacific Islander 525 households earning less than 15000 per year have computer access at levels more that those of Black 133 and Hispanic 181 households earning less than 15000 per year The third factor contributing to the digital divide is gender In December 1998 342 of men and 314 of women were using the Internet In August Media Metrix and Jupiter Communications released new data on what had been a gender gap concerning
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