Definition of digital divide in US English:

digital divide

noun

  • The gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the Internet, and those who do not.

    ‘a worrying “digital divide” based on educational attainment and income’
    • ‘‘The real divides are not digital divides,’ she says.’
    • ‘First, as we have discussed above, the digital divides (access, speed, literacy) might separate those with the access, the education, and the inclination to participate using the new tools from the rest of the citizens.’
    • ‘The digital divide which separates people and regions also separates organisations.’
    • ‘So while large towns and cities might expect new and exciting high speed services, the rest the country could be left behind in a new digital divide.’
    • ‘Measurement of the digital divide began first with a study of households.’
    • ‘Yes, after all these years, the digital divide seems to be alive and well.’
    • ‘The trouble for those who have fallen on the wrong side of these various digital divides is that new technology is an unstoppable force.’
    • ‘The digital divide exists between those in cities and those in rural areas.’
    • ‘It's hoping that such widespread wireless access will help bridge the digital divide in the city and make Philly appear as a tech savvy place to tourists.’
    • ‘To struggle with the digital divide, we must address access, content and commerce issues.’
    • ‘It has the objective of testing both technology solutions and reference models to help bridge the knowledge and digital divides in the Namibian public school system.’
    • ‘Recently, however, the digital divide seems to have lost much of its currency as a policy issue.’
    • ‘Chicago officials see a citywide wireless network as a potential revenue source, a way to bridge the digital divide and a means of attracting tourists.’
    • ‘This has been intensified by the activities centered on countering what some people call the digital divide.’
    • ‘Without public intervention, the digital divide may aggravate.’
    • ‘For only last week the Countryside Agency warned that the lack of broadband in rural areas was creating a digital divide between town and country.’
    • ‘It is in this context of liberal welfare stratification that we can understand the digital divide.’
    • ‘The book really fails in my mind in its treatment of what has come to be known in Internet terms as the digital divide.’
    • ‘This must surely highlight the massive digital divide that has opened up between the haves and have-nots.’
    • ‘In the foreground will be a specific focus on bridging the digital divide.’