Although the term “digital divide” is generally associated with the 1990s, multiple digital divides still exist today.
However, the technology access gap is not the only digital divide confronting students today.
In the 1990s, progressive politicians led by the redoubtable Al Gore, viewed the “digital divide” as a dire national crisis.
the gap between those who have computers with Internet access and those who do not, as well as the gap between those who are computer literate and those who are not
A term that describes the division of the world into two camps, those who have access to the Internet and other advanced information technologies and those who don't. The term highlights the issue that those who do not have access to such technology are potentially destined to futures where they will be at an economic disadvantage.
Note: In geopolitical terms, the divide is between the developed and the developing nations, or, roughly speaking, between the North and the South.
Note: In domestic political terms in the United States, the divide is between educated, well-off members of society and those who are less well-off.