Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Progressive Group calls on Congress to Combat Digital Divide

Congress Needs to Address the Digital Divide - 2005

by Mark Lloyd, Center for American Progress

In 1995 the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce (NTIA) issued its first comprehensive report on the access of all Americans to advanced telecommunications services. “Falling Through the Net: A Survey of the 'Haves' and 'Have Nots' in Rural and Urban America” documented a disturbing disparity in access to computers and the Internet. In 1998, NTIA called its report “Falling Through the Net II: New Data on the Digital Divide.” The term “digital divide” proved very useful in drawing attention to the problem of inequality in an America increasingly dependent upon information technology. And in 1996, Congress established policy to monitor the access of all Americans to advanced communications technology and required all telecommunications companies to contribute to a fund that would help bridge the gap between the “information haves” and the “information have-nots.”

Those seem like the good old days...



Anonymous said...

Yes, where have those days gone ...


... the projects that got shelved in the wake of the Patriot Act. Excessive worry about who with access might be looking at what, with minimal domestic worry about who is denied the basic priviledge. Sad.

Anonymous said...

On topic, this might interest you:

PEW Internet Digital Divisions Report

Found it via Librarian.net ... if it prints funny, try another printer (what I had to do) ... solid report, right on topic with the article you posted.

The ZenFo Pro said...

Facinating link. Its amazing how the whole security-vs.-freedom ploy has actually worked to widen the divide. Thanks for the length, btw.

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