Digital Divide Law and Legal Definition

Digital divide refers to the gap between persons who can benefit from digital technology and those who cannot.

It describes the discrepancy between people:

a. who have access to and the resources to use new information and communication tools, such as the Internet, and people who do not have the resources and access to the technology; and

b. who have the skills, knowledge and abilities to use the technologies and those who do not.

The digital divide can exist between many; between people living in rural areas and those living in urban areas, between the educated and uneducated, between economic classes, and between more and less industrially developed nations.