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Second Digital Divide

Join Jesse and Joe Donahue Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:30 AM on WAMC Public Radio for the Northeast as they talk about a new digital divide–what it is, what it's all about, and how it affects you and the web.


Wikipedia: Digital Divide:
"A digital divide is any uneven distribution in the access to, use of, or impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) between any number of distinct groups. These groups may be defined based on social, geographical, or geopolitical criteria, or otherwise"


We've been focusing on digital divides as they affect people and their access to technology. There's another one lurking around which affects how people use technology — not whether or not they have access to it. Here are some of the issues and questions that are raised:


Are "early adopters" of Internet technologies still leading the use of technology?


What are some of the new digital divide markers?

  • spreadsheets vs data visualization (like Tableau)
  • dealing with subscriptions
  • security issues (the difference between targeting hacking and opportunistic hacking)
  • email vs messages and apps
  • sign-up sheets vs data collection (like geofencing)
  • PDF/websites vs social and digital media
  • statistics vs data science
  • adopting the cloud
  • communicating issues that may be embedded in documents

When will the next digital divide occur and what will it be? (bullet points above incorporated into legal issues?)