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The Digital Divide

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Introduction

Digital Divide Digital Divide is often described as the gap between those with access to technology (e.g. computers and the Internet) and those who have not. It is a social and political issue that started since the early 1990's and is believed to have grown over the years. There is also such thing as "Global Digital Divide", and this refer back to the gap between developed and developing countries. At present, programs such as BBC's Computeraid try and help solve this social problem by donating computers in rural areas and helping educate people. Digital Divide isn't just about the access of people to such facilities but also described as the differing levels of IT skills within the society. ...read more.

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Within families, I think that there is also a gap between the younger and older generation. Many of these technologies may not have been available to the older generations during their years in school. Younger people are more able when it comes to computers and I think that this is evident even in many family homes. Most families as of today have access to computers and the Internet at home, but many parents or grandparents still cannot efficiently operate these machines. Often times, parents cannot guide their young children using when using the computer due to lack of IT skills. As long as there is digital divide, I think that the haves will continue to be more advantaged than the have-nots. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though people are provided with resources such as computers and Internet connection and programmes such as Computeraid would help, another problem is that it would still depend whether a person is willing to learn new skills. It can depend upon the person's ambition and personality. People avoid embarrassment, and often prefer not to be educated and ignore things such as computer tutorials and not use the computer at all. As for the issue in the Global Digital Divide, their progress may no be gradual, but providing these rural areas with facilities will help them progress further. First world countries will carry on progressing as they continue to develop new computer programs and machines, which will make it harder for developing countries to catch up. I also think that if businesses sell computers at affordable prices to developing countries will also help to the society. ?? ?? ?? ?? April Quirante ...read more.

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