In July 1999, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a report, entitled "Falling Through the Net: Defining the Digital Divide". This report identified a growing gap between those with access to computers and information technology tools and those without.

In a related report, President Clinton stated "Access to computers and the Internet and the ability to effectively use this technology are becoming increasingly important for full participation in America’s economic, political and social life.

People are using the Internet to find lower prices for goods and services, work from home or start their own business, acquire new skills using distance learning, make better informed decisions about their healthcare needs, and get more involved in the education of their children."

The "Digital Divide" is widening!

Some Statistics:

- Between 1997 and 1998, the technology divide between those at the highest and lowest education levels increased 25%.

- Persons with a college degree are eight times more likely to have a computer at home and nearly sixteen times as likely to have home Internet access as those with an elementary school education.

- The divide between those at the highest and lowest income levels grew 29% in the last year.

- African-American and Hispanic households are only two-fifths as likely to have home internet access as White households.



What can we do?
Some Recommendations:

Take advantage of the computer training that is available at your place of employment.

Share your expertise with others who are less fortunate than you are.

Become an advocate for increased computer literacy in your community.

Sponsor a computer literacy program in your church or community center.

Help your church or non-profit community group to acquire computer equipment and computer software.equipment.

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