Societal Implications of IT: The Digital Divide

As business people, citizens, and human inhabitants, we should be aware of the effects digital technologies have on society as well as the effects on populations who do not have widespread access to digital technologies.  Your group will help educate the class about the phenomenon known as the digital divide, practices to reduce it, and the role businesses play in acerbating or alleviating it. 

According to Wikipedia:

“A digital divide is an economic and social inequality according to categories of persons in a given population in their access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICT). The divide within countries (such as the digital divide in the United States) may refer to inequalities between individuals, households, businesses, or geographic areas, usually at different socioeconomic levels or other demographic categories. The divide between differing countries or regions of the world is referred to as the global digital divide, examining this technological gap between developing and developed countries on an international scale.” viewed July 7 2015.

Your group might address:

*      What is the Digital Divide?

*      How is it measured?

*      What are its effects?

*      Global Digital Divide

*      Digital Divide within the US or within other specific countries

*      Specific examples/case studies of overcoming digital divide (look at Google Loon Balloon Project:


*      Effective policies for reducing digital divide

*      Make sure you cover the negative consequences of too much access to digital technologies: (Cyber-bullying, social isolation, poor physical health, addiction to gaming, etc.)

*      What is business’ role and responsibilities in addressing the digital divide?






Each group is responsible for interviewing at least three people on this topic.  You might interview non-profits that try to help reduce the digital divide, or interview experts who understand the digital divide with the US or across the world.  Be creative!


The group might end the presentation on best practices for reducing the digital divide  and do a comparison that integrates your primary (interviews) and secondary (journal articles & books) research.

If you have other creative ideas, please feel free to discuss them with me.