digital divide - origin of the term

Jeff Prucher jprucher at YAHOO.COM
Thu May 23 23:26:28 UTC 2013

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> From: ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM>
> Cc:
> Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:41 AM
> Subject: digital divide - origin of the term
> An article dated 2009 at the website examined the history
> of "digital divide" and included the following claim:
> [Begin except]
> When all of the clues are culled through, it seems that Hammond, who
> today teaches law at Santa Clara University Law School, was the
> co-inventor, along with NTIA Administrator Larry Irving, of the phrase
> "Digital Divide." At any rate, in 1996, Newsweek Magazine named
> Irving, "Conscience of the Internet," and the phrase Digital Divide
> found its way into speeches by Vice President, Al Gore.
> [End excerpt]

Not much help here, but it seems that Irving publicly denied coining the term, although he may have helped popularize it:

Someone else has done a lot of research on this, as well:


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