Helping to Bridge the Digital Divide

By Peter SM RSS Tue, August 27, 2013

There have been a number of news stories over the past few weeks discussing the digital divide that still exists around the world.

Studies and statistics show that access to the internet has improved over recent years to a certain extent, but that there are still 60 million Americans who have no online access, many of them elderly, poor, and minorities. Another study says that access to smartphones has helped cut the gap, but that a great number of people still lack basic computer skills. Last week, Facebook announced the launch of, teaming up with telecom companies Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung, to make the internet available to everyone on Earth, specifically focusing on underdeveloped countries.

The Free Library is doing our part to help bridge the digital divide with free computer and internet access in our libraries, and computer classes ranging from internet basics, learning how to set up an email account, to applying for a job online. Our Hot Spots services and Techmobile also help to bring computer access to neighborhood residents throughout Philadelphia and educate on the importance and value of technology.

Visit one of our neighborhood libraries today and inquire about any of the above services!

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