Friday, March 7, 2014

The Pew Research Internet Project: The Digital Divide

After reading the article that went over the digital divide, I did a little searching to get a better understanding of the concept. I came upon the Pew Research Internet Project, which was referenced in a pretty much all of the articles we read for this week and also put out one of them (Rainie, 2012). I found that they had a lot of great information on their website, including the article we were assigned for this week. In their words, the 

“Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research does not take policy positions.” 

This resource has articles, presentations, videos, and commentary divided into different topics, including the idea of the digital divide and what can be done to bridge the gaps in our society. I was going to pick just one of the example presentations on the website, but I feel like all of them are really interesting and informative when it comes to technology and our society. They have discussions of broadband adoption, educational practices, libraries, and many other topics all fitting under the category of the digital divide.

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