This summary is provided by the IPR Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

McKinsey & Company examined barriers affecting Black Americans in the digital divide.

A literature review was conducted in 2022.

Key findings include:
1.) The digital divide disproportionately affects Black Americans across adoption, computer ownership, and digital skills.
— 50% of Black Americans have the necessary digital skills compared to 77% of White Americans.
— 62% of Black Americans have access to broadband internet compared to 77% of White Americans.
— 69% of Black Americans own a computer compared to 80% of White Americans.
2.) Although Black Americans comprise approximately 13% of all workers, they make up only 7% of digital workers.
3.) The majority of Black households directly impacted by the digital divide live in areas with available infrastructure but simply can’t afford broadband service.
4.) By gaining a better understanding of the barriers affecting Black communities and engaging communities with a range of broadband and digital-equity stakeholders to address those barriers, public- and private-sector leaders can rise to meet this moment.

Find the original report here.

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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