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Document Number: 6676

Are We Really A Nation Online? Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Access to Technology and Their Consequences - This report examines whether there are large ethnic and racial differences in home access to computers, the Internet and broadband in the United States. The author finds evidence suggesting that home computers increase school enrollment, high school graduation and grades, while decreasing school suspension and criminal activities. Selected findings include: (1) the digital divide is large and does not appear to be disappearing soon African Americans and Latinos are much less likely to have access to home computers than are white, non-Latinos; and (2) income differences are partly, but not entirely responsible for ethnic and racial disparities in computer and Internet access. (Robert W. Fairlie, University of California, Santa Cruz and National Poverty Center, University of Michigan, September 2005)...


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