Week 14: Discussion Questions

The digital divide refers to the gap between people with effective access to digital information and those with very limited or no access at all. It includes the imbalance both in physical access to technology and the resources and skills needed to effectively participate as a digital citizen.

Why does the digital divide exist? Give one example of an action by government, corporations or individuals that would help eliminate this divide, either nationally or globally.

This divide exists because either people do not have access to computers and other new technologies or people who do have the means or the access to these technologies like to remain ignorant so that they can stay in their stone age. I believe one issue is schools. There is a huge amount of inner city schools in poor neighborhoods that are neglected in funding and in some areas this is getting worse. Part of the funding goes is for up to date technology which correlates into new computers and awareness on how to get digital information. I know that Bill Gates is involved with helping poor schools with money and new equipment. Other corporations can get involved too and I believe that it is important that they do so. The government can intervene in this process by an increase in spending towards education. There are also less and less local public libraries. Libraries provide access to computers and internet service. Libraries also carry books, who would of thought, that specialize in technologies. The local government needs to increase their funding in libraries. Once there is an access to these technologies, then there can be a knowledge of them. If there is no equipment, then there is no need for knowledge or skills for it.

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1 Response to Week 14: Discussion Questions

  1. saragv says:

    I completely support your statement of there being no need for knowledge or skills needed to operate a computer or any other device if there is absolutely no access to these technologies. There are so many people out there who strongly believe there is no point in them learning how to use a computer for example if they never have the chance to use one. Unfortunately, there so many jobs out there now a days who require knowledge of usage and of course these people are not able to obtain those positions. Also, there is so much government funding which is being used for complete different things when they could be better distributed. There are so many public places now which offer access to free wifi but there are still so many people who can not afford a computer. There are many people out there, like Bill Gates which you stated, who are sponsoring and donating technological devices but there are still so many other things that need to be done. Maybe by offering these new opportunities, people would change their minds and actually want to learn.

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