The Digital Divide

  1. What is a digital divide?

 It is a term that refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don’t or have restricted access. The technology can include the smart phone, personal computers and the Internet.

It is called a digital divide as the world is divided into two with countries that have easy access to  the internet, and have their own personal technological devices and those who do not even have proper network infrastructure or might not even have computers and internet.

For example, certain countries that blocks a useful search engine and access to social media due to political ideology.

This divide typically exists between those in
– urban cities and those in rural areas.
– between the uneducated and the educated.
– between the more industrially developed countries and less developed countries.
– between ideologist countries and democratic countries.
– between the well off and the unfortunate families.
– between the boomers and millennial.

2. Why is digital divide unfair?

Digital divide is unfair as people in some countries who do not have access to the Internet is unable to learn as fast compared to those with the Internet. For example, if they want to learn about a certain word or want to know more about what they learnt in school, the ones with easy access to the internet can just check the definition of what they want to know on a search engine, whereas those without internet might have to go looking in dictionaries and might have to go to the library to find out which book is relevant to what they want to know.

 There are also countries with sufficient funds and are able to let their community have the internet but they choose to disallow their community from using it because they might not want to disclose information or do not want their community to have too much knowledge about the world and restrict the people to become knowledgeable and thus might be able to overpower the government.

3. The impact of Digital Divide
Digital divide is unfair as in some parts of the world, some people have faster and more convenient methods of learning and some people are not as fortunate and are not able to afford these technological devices, and thus they cannot learn as quick compared to those with internet.

60% on the world are still offline and 6 billion people have no high speed broadband to learn and work online.

4. How can we narrow the bridge the digital divide?

a. Encourage the establishment of cyber clubs

We must set up more cyber clubs in rural areas, and people that have no access to the internet or no computer at home can come to these cyber clubs to use the computer with internet access to learn.

b. Encourage schools to educate students on the importance of digital literacy

Schools should teach their students more about digital literacy. This equip students with technological skills which are essential in todays world. The computer skills is now required in all jobs and applicable in most workplaces in the world, especially in developed countries. It is the norm for employers to expect their workers to know how to use the basics of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint and even some popular social media sites. School should incorporate information technology as a core module in the curriculum and educator must teach students on technological work that can help them in getting a job.

c. To offer free computer training to the public

Universities and organizations must invest in e-learning platform and knowledge sharing system where they provide free computer training to those who without access to digital literacy, for example, we can create a web portal for the boomer to teach them the basic skill on writing letters on google docs, using the google search engine to find valuable information and to keep in touch with their love ones face to face using google hangout.

d .Give tutorials on social media platforms

The social media is a powerful channel. The people with the knowledge can share and people without the information can learn from the platform. I advocate people to share your skills and knowledge online. With such caring and sharing initiatives from many people, the world is going to be a better place to live, play and work.

Some websites that i like to share for e-learning.

CS50: Introduction to Computer Science
In this course, i learned the basic of programming including C, PHP and Javascript, CSS and HTML.

I highly recommend this online course for anyone who is enthusiastic on how to develop games and websites.

How to Use GarageBand: A Step-By-Step Guide

This guide may be helpful for those who are looking to make a song with GarageBand but are unsure of how to do so, as GarageBand is not so straightforward and thus you may not know how to sync the instruments well together.

In conclusion.

Education is one way out of poverty.

We must work towards on bridging the digital divide to give everyone a equal chance on learning. Economically, a citizen can easily network, learn new business ideas, and transact online globally. The next generation of students will also experience better learning as technology continues developing and changing the gap between the rich and the poor is also likely to be narrowed, and thus this gives the poor a chance to empower themselves.

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