Reducing D.C.’s Digital Divide

Although much of D.C. is wired for high-speed Internet, not everyone is connected. The District’s digital divide has resulted in many low-income residents never learning basic computer skills, such as how to use word processors and conduct Google searches. The Washington Post profiles one neighborhood effort to reduce the digital divide.

In the meantime, organizations such as Bread for the City are preparing their clients, typically low-income residents in need of free health care and legal services, with computer skills to use the Internet as it becomes available to them.

“For our clients, Facebook can change lives,” said Bloom. “In a real way, poverty is a result of a person’s social network having been diminished and not being able to access resources.”

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