Digital Divide and its Consequences

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In this review I will attempt to demonstrate what the consequences of the digital divide are. I focused the review on the United States of America and the digital divide between immigrants and native born which is constantly widening in the last decade. Specifically I will raise intriguing questions about race and the digital divide, ethnic differences in access, the role of community technology centers and the causes of the digital divide and the patterns of the internet use.


Fairlie (2002) obtains information from the Computer and Internet Use Supplement to the August 2000 Current Population Survey (CPS) to investigate further this matter. The data shows that one-half of Mexican-Americans are less likely to own a computer than are whites. Moreover, one-fourth of Mexican-Americans are less likely to use the Internet at home than are whites. The study continues with summarizing the findings for the African-Americans whose computer rate is 58% of the white rate and the use of Internet at home of the African-Americans is 46% of the white rate. Farilie (2002) applies the non-linear decomposition technique to conclude that the racial differences in education, income and occupation have a considerable impact on the home computer and Internet use differences. Another possible explanation is the language barrier which influences the lower rates.
Crandall (2000) analyses that there is a strong correlation among broadband penetration and high school achievement, job growth and political involvement. Crandall (2000) suggests that for every single percentage point rise in broadband penetration in a state in the U.S. ...
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