Even wealthy communities have a digital divide

The Washington Post reports on the digital divide in Fairfax County, Virginia, one of the most affluent communities in the United States.

Henry Jenkins, a professor at the University of Southern California, describes today’s digital divide as the “participation gap” — the chasm between students who have ready access to the Internet at home vs. those struggling to work in public spaces. Those with home access have a big advantage because they’ll have ample time to develop social networking, research and other skills necessary to succeed later on, Jenkins said.


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