Digital Divides, Language and

The rapid advancement of information and communication technology has fueled the emergence of a new form of social inequality, commonly known as the digital divide. The digital divide intersects with many demographic factors, including language background, socioeconomic status, education, gender, age, and geography in overlapping and mutually reinforcing ways. This entry focuses on how language affects the digital divide. Specifically, the entry examines language-based digital divides in relation to access, usage, and skills.

Language and the Divide in Online Access

Online access is a key aspect of the digital divide. In this case, access refers both to physical access (e.g., one’s access to digital devices and the Internet) and content access (e.g., the availability of online content in a language known to the user).

Internet Access

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