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Importance of Digital Literacy and Hindrance Brought About by Digital Divide

Importance of Digital Literacy and Hindrance Brought About by Digital Divide
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Author(s): Mohammad Izzuddin Mohammed Jamil (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei) and Mohammad Nabil Almunawar (Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 16
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fifth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3479-3.ch116

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Abstract

This century has seen one of the most rapid advancements in technology, and more innovative devices spawn every year. In particular, technology in the form of digital media is being used as a medium, such as for buying and selling, education, information exchange, and communication. It is vital to understand the importance of digital literacy. Digital literacy is steadily rising across the globe, giving a good indication of progress. However, one of the major hindrances to digital literacy is the digital divide. Across the globe, the former is able to reap the full benefits of media platforms while the latter would still succumb to the old ways, halting progress. The digital divide is a phenomenon that must be overcome to prevent the uneven rate of digital literacy. This paper argues that having a certain degree of digital literacy is important in both developing and developed countries. With the digital divide significantly hurdling the progress of digital literacy, the paper would then suggest ways and methods of tackling the digital divide.

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