Digital divide?

? Digital communication is great for those who can afford the technology. What about the rest?

Technology is pushing the world toward a paper?less work environment, and the evidence is growing locally. Direct-deposit checking and online bill payments have been around for quite a while now, greatly reducing the need for paper checks. The local school board began distributing its board agenda and documents in digital form several years ago, and the city council has moved toward digital meeting agenda and materials, too.

Going paperless is a cost benefit for those who can afford the technology and have the orientation to use it. It may be the inevitable destination for all of us, but for many it remains a foreign environment. Change is not only constant, its pace is accelerating rapidly. Can our world avoid a great schism between the technologically rich and poor? ?DR

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