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lic Post: Op-Ed: closing the Digital divide

When COVID-19 hit and lockdown began, the lives of many New Yorkers moved online. Living rooms were turned into offices, meetings were held via teleconferencing, and children began attending classes on Zoom.

For the 1 million New Yorkers without high-speed internet, however, things haven’t been so simple. With cafés and libraries closed and no access to the internet at home these families have been effectively excluded from public schooling, unemployment insurance, and the entire digital economy.

This disparity is known as the digital divide and it existed long before the pandemic struck.

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