If you've ever struggled to explain why the digital divide is a problem, help has arrived! OCLC’s WebJunction just released a handy visual summary of why Internet access matters. The infographic shows why Internet access matters to individuals, communities, and the U.S. as a whole, as well as who is getting left behind in the digital divide.
To me, the true power and beauty of community-based organizing lies in a small group of individuals taking on a significant social problem and solving it for the common good. The new NetSquared platform is up and going, and I am thrilled to challenge the NetSquared community to connect with one another on solving a social problem that has everything to do with furthering the common good.
The term “digital divide” has been commonly used to represent the gap between those who have “access” to technology (particularly the Internet) and those who do not. Ten years ago when the Pew Internet and American Life Project started researching the digital divide as an issue of “access”, they found the differences in access were stark across locations, including at home, in schools and at work.