Mapping the Digital Divide: Bridging Inequalities in Access to Information and Technology


  • Dr. Sadia Khan Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi


Digital divide, ICTs, access, inequality, digital literacy, development, social inclusion, policy, global perspectives


The digital divide, characterized by unequal access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), poses a significant challenge to social inclusion and development in the 21st century. This article examines the multifaceted nature of the digital divide, encompassing infrastructure gaps, digital literacy disparities, and unequal benefits derived from technology use. By analyzing data from global institutions and exploring case studies from different regions, we map the spatial and social dimensions of the divide, highlighting the disproportionate impact it has on specific populations, including low-income communities, rural areas, and marginalized groups. The article further proposes a multi-pronged approach to bridge the divide, emphasizing affordable internet access, digital literacy training, culturally relevant content creation, and policy interventions that prioritize equity and inclusion. We conclude by arguing that closing the digital divide is not merely a technical challenge, but a crucial step towards achieving a more just and equitable global society.