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ComSoc Technology News (CTN) is a free, online monthly publication that publishes interesting, timely, and newsworthy articles that span a wide range of topics related to the communications technology industry. Our mission is to be an informational resource that brings diverse perspective and thought leadership, while providing a platform for lively discussion amongst our readers.

CTN is run by a team of volunteer editorial board members who are technical experts in diverse fields. All articles are reviewed and edited by a technical editor. The editor-in-chief performs the final review prior to publication. 

September 2020 Issue

The Digital Divide: Humanity's Greatest Challenge?

The Internet has changed everyday life dramatically. During this global pandemic, the Internet has become even more the center of people’s life with many more people working remotely and kids going to “virtual online schools”. 

In this article, Nick and Sophia argue that the digital divide, the uneven distribution of information between those who have access to Internet and those who do not, is part of a much larger problem, the Technology Divide, and that as the rate of technology development is accelerating, the Technology Divide will widen and have more impact on those with socio-economic disadvantages. It calls out for the technology industry to be aware of the issue and proactively encourage and support engagement with technologies.

This article is the first in what we hope will be a series of articles in cooperation with our colleagues in the future technology society of IEEE. Special thanks to Doug Zuckerman for his support. As always your comments are most welcome.

Yingzhen Qu, CTN Editor

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