WEEK FOUR: The Digital Divide

Digital Divide(1)

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This infographic shows the discrepancies between those who can and cannot access information computer technology (ICT), otherwise known as the digital divide. There are four billion people who are not accessing worldwide information on the Internet (Sanou, n.d., p. 5). According to File (2013), the remaining three billion are accessing worldwide knowledge, organisations and services, education, employment, social media and varying perspectives outside of their immediate social settings. The four billion who are not connected are either socioeconomically disadvantaged or do not have the skills to operate ICT (p.5).

For me, the most significant benefits of having access include, being more employable, accessing healthcare information and services, accessing worldwide knowledge, using services that are more efficient and convenient, protecting the environment from unnecessary paperwork, and higher possibilities of completing high school as well as higher education (File, 2013, p. 6). Having learned about the digital divide, it seems the ways we can bridge it include creating affordable Internet access, ICT courses and community equipment.

As a side not, I found this interesting presentation tool to help create this infographic. This tool is called Picktochart. This site enabled me to create an engaging information graphic to presents my research. Follow this link to view my digital divide infographic on Pictochart.

Reference List:

File, T. (2013). Computer and Internet Use in the United States: Population Characteristics. Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-569.pdf

Sanou, B. (n.d.). ICT Facts and Figures. Retrieved from http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Documents/facts/ICTFactsFigures2014-e.pdf

World Bank. (2013). Internet users per 100 people. Retrieved from http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IT.NET.USER.P2/countries?display=map

 

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