Jaime J. Davila, Hampshire College
While the origin of the term ‘“digital divide”’ is difficult to determine, by the mid-1990s conversations about the issues that define it were present at the highest levels of the U.S. federal government. On October 10, 1996, President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore addressed the public at the Knoxville Auditorium Coliseum (Clinton & Gore, 1996). The main topic of their presentation was the government's effort to build “a bridge to the 21st century.” During the conversation, they address the existing digital divide, referring to varying levels of access to the Internet available to different demographic groups in the United States. During this same federal administration, several reports were published by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration that quantified these differences. In addition, important federal programs ...