Author: Shivangi Rajkhowa
Author Affiliation: Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS), Jawaharlal Nehru University
Abstract: The term “digital gap” has received a lot of investigation in recent years, and its potential economic, social, and political ramifications have sparked significant discussion. This paper shows that the divide between those with access to ICTs and those without threatens social integration and fosters marginalization, and inhibits economic growth. It concludes that in order for India to close the digital divide, issues including illiteracy, the lack of skills and infrastructure, and the lack of investment in rural regions, must be addressed. Government efforts to close the digital gap should focus on connectivity provision and proper education at affordable rates for technical skill upliftment so as to bridge the gap.
Keywords: Digital Divide, Technology, Inequality, Marginalization