Inf Computer Lit - Digital Divide

The Digital Divide |
Computer Literacy INF 103                                           INSTRUCTOR: |
5/13/2013 |


Virtually everything we do involves using a computer and the internet. The inability to provide access, to all people no matter their geographic location, places countries, communities, businesses and people at a disadvantage. In this research paper, I will discuss what the digital divide is, who it affects, the advantages of access and what is being done to bridge the divide. “The digital divide refers to the gap between those who can effectively benefit from information and computing technologies (ICTs) and those who cannot”. (Internet world stats, 2012)   Less developed countries have little or no access on to the internet. Bridging the “digital divide” through providing technology access to less developed countries has the power to impact changes in education and culture.
Can you imagine life without the internet or a cell phone? This is a reality for the people living in less developed countries, like Africa and even rural America.   According to Internet world, “Asia and North America are the highest users of the internet. This is not a surprise as most technical advancements come from countries like China and the USA.   With the digital, divide being an increasing topic of interest as we progress technologically as a society. It’s important to understand why the “divide” exists and what the main factors behind it are.
Internet access is one aspect of the “divide”, other factors such as the quality of connection and related services are also relevant. Today the most discussed issue is the availability of the access at an affordable cost and quality (Internet world stats, 2012). The ability for countries to, efficiently connect to the internet with speed and quality is reliant on the country’s economic standing. For example, Africa is one of the largest continents in the world, population of 1,073,380,925 that is more...