The Digital Divide
I have created a short simple video creating an argument to end the digital divide. In that video, I took the audio from two different videos explaining what the digital divide is and why everyone should care. This is an issue that affects everyone; thus, everyone should take part in ending it.
Digital divide refers to the inequality between demographics. There are five different types of divides: global, geographic, generational, economic, and physical. Global divide refers to inequality between the developed and developing countries. This divide exists because of the lopsided development of technology in the developed countries versus the developing countries. The geographic divide refers to the inequality between the people living rural areas and the people living in urban areas. The generational divide refers to the inequality between the older people versus the younger people using technology. The economic divide refers to the inequality between the wealthy and the poor using technology. Finally, the physical divide refers to the inequality between the able-bodied people versus the handicapped people using technology. All these demographic factors change the way the people interact with technology.
Access to the internet is also another cause for this tremendous divide that is currently in place. The people in the developing countries either do not have access to the internet or they have extremely slow internet speeds. Knowledge gap hypothesis is a result of internet access divide. It basically states that people who do have access to the internet acquire information at an exponentially faster pace than the people who do not have access to the internet. Thus, the people who have access to the internet are significantly more informed and educated than those who do not have the knowledge gap.
Digital Equality is attained by providing the same technologies and opportunities to those who do not have the same access to technology that we enjoy in the first world countries. Google has taken the initiative to place Wi-Fi balloons in third world countries. Such an initiative provides free access to the internet to those who do not have it, thus providing those people with equal opportunities to make a different in the world. Similarly, there is another non-profit organization that donates pre-owned computers to people in the developing countries, thereby giving them the opportunity to use computers for different purposes.
For the future, an area to focus on is digital literacy. There are many demographics that have incredible ideas that can change the world. Unfortunately, those demographics do not have the means to make any significant impact. Digital literacy will mean that there will be people that are sufficiently educated to drive the world forward.
Individe, D. (2013, April 19). What is the Digital Divide? Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn18X4-PSPc
Wright, N. (2015, June 12). The New Digital Divide: The Perception Problem | Navarrow Wright | TEDxSoleburySchool. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDr0Q6gqbSM