"It is ironical that the telephone, the internet and other
communication technologies we think help to bridge the gap between
the rich and the poor, could widen it. This is because issues of
cost and access will continue to create groups of info-rich and
info-poor people. Considering that better prospects for economic
activity take place in the realms of information, knowledge and
communication in general, people who cannot afford them certainly
"There is a disparity in access between the developed and the
developing worlds, and even within these countries themselves. In
the US, for instance, the land of opportunity, only 57 per cent of
African-Americans get to go online, compared to 70 per cent access
in the case of whites..."
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