1.6 The Digital Divide and Equality of Access

ITGS Guide Defintion:


The growth of the use of IT systems has led to disparities in the use of, and access to, information technologies.
Disparities exist not only internationally between countries, but also within countries between different
socio-economic groups as well as within what may appear to be relatively homogenous groups. This may
lead to groups or individuals without access to IT being disadvantaged. For example, while telelearning may
bring previously unavailable opportunities to everyone’s doorstep, factors such as the cost and availability
of hardware, software or access to the internet may create a “digital divide”.




When the access to IT sytems is not available to every region in the world, then a serious equity problem arises.