Digital media’s early promise was to democratize access to communication tools and productivity. However, the latest research indicates that existing “divides” (economic and digital alike) are only getting worse. This is despite decades of government, donor and industry-led interventions to broaden the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). So why do these inequities persist? Are they visible only in the developing world? How do ICTs “provide” and “divide” at the same time? And what does the advent of new mobile, social and Internet of Things technologies portend for human development and social equity not only in the developing world, but here in the US?