Digital Divide: The Three Stages

“The Internet can be an empowering tool that lets people find good deals, manage vendors, and control their finances and investments. But it can just as easily be an alienating environment where people are cheated. Members of the Internet elite don’t realize the extent to which less-skilled users are left out of many of the advancements they cheer and enjoy. Ultimately, I’m extremely optimistic about the economic divide, which is vanishing rapidly in industrialized countries. The usability divide will take longer to close, but at least we know how to handle it — it’s simply a matter of deciding to do so. I’m very pessimistic about the empowerment divide, however, which I expect will only grow more severe in the future.” (Jakob NielsenAlertbox)

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