The term "Digital Divide" refers to the gap between those who have an access to the information technology (computers and the Internet) and those who do not; i.e., digital “haves” and “have-nots” (DiMaggio & Hargittai, 2001).
“Opportunity for all requires something else today - having access to a computer and knowing how to use it. This means we must close the digital divide between those who have got the tools and those who have not.”
President Clinton, State of The Union Address 2000
It is not a coincidence, though, that digital divide separates the groups already unequal. Hargittai (2003) defines "Digital divide" as an unequal "access to and use of the medium" where women, racial and ethnic minorities, low income, low education, and rural residents have lower level of "connectivity" to the Internet (p.823). The disadvantaged groups include people of low socio-economic status, low literacy levels, unemployed, people with disabilities, singe parents, and young girls (WikiBooks.)