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At the beginning of the 21st century, the digital divide referred to the gap between individuals in the population who had regular access to computers and those who did not. In the mid-1990s, there was a call for greater access to computers and online services in public schools and libraries, with the goal of bridging the digital divide. After the call went out to address the disparity in access among schools, institutions across wealthier areas increased the number of computers available to students; over time, schools in poorer areas also increased the numbers of computers available to students, and now access to the Internet has reached an all-time high within the larger population. As the gap between those with access to the Internet and those ...

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