Many people are perplexed as to why there is so much discourse about digital divide. Well, the conversation has been going on for a while, and many countries are beginning to take the issue of digital divide more seriously. The term “digital divide” refers to a situation in which people are unable to benefit economically and socially from information and communication technologies[i]. Digital divide has the ability to divide society into two strata. This disparity leads to a plethora of problems, including internal injustices inside a country. India has a reputation for being a technological powerhouse when it comes to information technology. The digital gap, on the other hand, continues to be an issue. The pandemic widened the chasm, resulting in the formation of two classes: those with Internet access and those without. In this paper, I’d like to talk about the concept of digital divide and how it affects the economy as a whole. The paper would also look into the relationship between Covid 19 and the digital divide. In addition, the report discusses the strategies India has used to close the digital divide in recent years. The paper will also discuss how large economies dealt with this problem and how they overcame it. The article also discusses the negative effects of technology on children and the issues that parents encountered during the pandemic. In addition to the above sub issues, the author of this paper would like to discuss the New Education Policy and how it might assist India in closing the technological gap. The introduction of 5G technology will be reviewed in order to see if it can be executed in India with 100% accuracy. Finally, the author hopes that by writing this paper, he may raise awareness about the topic of digital divide, so that more people are aware of it.
[i] Wilmon Brown, The Digital Divide, Open Okstate