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Morino Institute From Access to Outcomes: Digital Divide Report and Dialogue

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Premise One:
Focus on Narrowing Social Not Digital Divides

Wide gaps in economic and educational opportunity have existed in this nation for generations and will continue for generations more. Because of those disparities, large technological gaps have developed as well.

It is time to stop focusing so intensively on the technology divide, for the real differences we should seek to narrow are America's core social divides: the grave disparities in economic opportunity, education, health, safety, housing, employment, and even transportation. No easy ways exist to eliminate these social disparities; if easy answers were available, the disparities would be significantly smaller than they are today. But without question, technology could do far more to help. New technologies, applied in targeted ways, can make individual and group efforts to narrow social divides far more effective.

Case in Point: Fight the Hype

"The best computer access in the world won't get you into [college] if you can't read and write. And while thousands of programming positions are available on-line, they'll probably go to somebody else if you don't have the resources to set up your childcare, a decent suit of clothes, and a ride to the interview. Technology really hasn't changed the fundamental rules of the game very much. . . . The digital divide is real, but it's hardly the most serious divide for Americans seeking a better life for themselves and their families."

-Josh Senyak and Albert Fong, nonprofit technology consultants, writing for TechSoup.org

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