As technology rapidly transforms the world, it cements itself into our daily lives. Yet, it’s almost impossible to keep up with the world without an internet connection. The emergence of technology revolutionized and reshaped the world for the better and the worse. In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to be connected, but not everyone reaps the benefits of the digital age. The world relies on technology, but for those without Internet access, it leaves them disconnected from the world. As a result, the “digital divide” – the growing gap between those with internet access and those without Internet access – is slowly shifting into an issue of “digital inequality.” Although technology is becoming more affordable and available, millions of people remain without internet access. The divide continues to exist because marginalized groups cannot afford the price of technology or internet service, cannot access reliable connections, and lack digital literacy skills.
But, as technology stimulates opportunities and propels positive changes worldwide, disadvantaged groups will continue to fall behind if policies stay the same. Without broadband access, millions of people are missing out on economic and educational opportunities, furthering the world’s inequities. Today’s world is ever-changing and tech-driven, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. If the government doesn’t meet the needs of those without access, the gap will continue to deepen, excluding millions of marginalized people from developing and succeeding.