Internet Governance Glossary

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5.5 Digital divide

Differences between countries with different levels of information and communication technology (ICT) development.

Note:

The digital divide exists not only for technical reasons, but also for political, social, or economic reasons at different levels and for an array of aspects, such as:

  • within countries and between countries,
  • between rural and urban populations,
  • between the old and the young,
  • between men and women.

It refers to a “gap between individuals, households, businesses and geographic areas at different socio-economic levels with regard both to their opportunities to access information and communication technologies (ICTs) and to their use of the Internet for a wide variety of activities”. (OECD 2001)