The E-Government Act: Promoting E-Quality or Exaggerating the Digital Divide?

By: Jaime Klima

In passing the E-Government Act of 2002, Congress has promised to improve the technological savvy of federal agencies and make more public forms and records available online. However, the question is whether doing so will alienate those Americans who do not have Internet access. Will the Act exaggerate the gap between the Internet haves and have-nots that is known as the digital divide? This iBrief identifies the e-quality issues arising from the E-Government Act and argues that implementation of the Act, however well intentioned, may exaggerate the digital divide.

Cite: 2003 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0009