OECD/NCAL. Learning to Bridge the Digital Divide

Author: 
Wagner, D.A. et al. (Editors)
Date of publication: 
Mon, 2000-01-24

As digital technologies become firmly embedded in everyday affairs, they enable most people to lead more productive and rewarding lives. They can help all societies to solve long standing economic and social problems, but they also
bring new challenges. Those denied access to ICT skills and knowledge become less-and-less capable of participating in an economy and a society that are increasingly technology-dependent. The resulting digital divide represents a major challenge to policy-makers at all levels. What should governments do? What can governments do, to ensure that the new technologies do not consign some people to the margins of society, unable to contribute to and benefit from the wealth of new opportunities that the digitally rich enjoy?