Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Law Professor Explores Digital Divide, Race in New Book

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Law Professor Explores Digital Divide, Race in New Book

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Despite the increasing availability and affordability of information technology. minorities are likely to remain confined to being technology "have nots" in an American society which is becoming increasingly separated between technology "haves" and "have nots," according to a Creighton University law professor in her recently published book.

In The Digital Divide: Standing in the Intersection of Race and Technology, Raneta Lawson Mack, professor of law at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb., examines the racial component of the digital divide and discusses historical reasons why minority communities might fail to embrace computer technology even as it becomes easier to acquire. The book, published by Carolina Academic Press in Durham, N.C., also explores how the legacy of slavery, which advanced the social, economic and educational separation of the races, represents a major contributing factor to the current technology gap.

"The digital divide is one area where understanding the role that history plays in our current situation is the key to shaping workable solutions," Mack says. …

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