As technology outpaces our human ability to adapt, the digital divide is widening.
The digital divide, or digital gap, is a term that refers to the challenges faced by those who lack access or understanding of digital technology. This technology can include the telephone, television, personal computers, and the Internet.
In fact, only 17% of the population is actually considered "Digitally Prepared". Even more shocking, a total of 64% are "reluctant" or "cautious" concerning their technology use, 14% are unprepared to use technology as part of their lives.
According to Pew Research, populations most at risk of having a lack of access or understanding of technology are often based on the following factors:
- Community Type
- Disability and Language Preference
As Digital Crime Increases, Privacy Protection and Confidence Need Improvement
Access to technology isn’t the only issue. Digital Readiness means having confidence in your use and understanding of the digital world. Privacy protection skills, trust, and confidence simply aren’t where they need to be.
- 60% say the statement "I find it difficult to know whether the information I find online is trustworthy." describes them "very well" or "somewhat" well.
- 46% say the statement "When I get a new electronic device, I usually need someone else to set it up or show me how to use it" describes them "very well" or "somewhat well"
- 14% of internet users are NOT CONFIDENT of their ability to do things online.
Misconceptions and misinformation about technology are rampant.
We are using the technology, but many of us lack understanding of how it works in terms of:
- What information stays and what is deleted.
- Privacy and personal security measures
- What can be accessed by others.
- How your digital behavior follows you.
- Developing and distinguishing between personal and professional channels and how they interact.
- What is "fake news" and how do you find reliable sources of information.