Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Digital Divide : Your Right to Internet Access, A Global Concern

Ever since the internet became available, people use it as the fastest way to gain information, entertainment and do business. With internet you can do almost anything possible either for your personal use or business. However, not everybody has access to internet which has now become one of our right and necessity. This  is now called global digital divide.

Some countries would have the limitation of not having a decent computer systems and connections at all. Global digital divide is characterized by lack of connectivity, means of connectivity and purpose of connectivity.

However, for those in the first world countries, the advancement of the cyber world is instantaneous and undeniably rapid. From snail mail to email, corporate meetings are now done through video conferencing, school lessons and private home schooling are done through different video call interfaces and business done through a diverse website options and use credit and debit cards and paypal to pay you online.

The ease of every transaction and business provided by the internet has made our lives easier thus contributing to an unmatched edvelopment and progress. This is a great benefit for those countries that are in the first world but has a little effect on third world countries.

Elements that could affect each group for the information access include "infrastructure" and "location" (wikipedia). Depending on the group where they belong to like the well-off people, average and the less fortunate, they have various means of acquiring access. Computers to laptops, applications and progams installed, type and brand of phones, tablets and iPads and the like have an impact on the digital access.

Comparable Data

Research and studies done in previous years on the disparities among internet users in terms of data acquisition, economical and social awareness. Numbers display even a strong racial and ethnic divides like for example, Asia has the most number of people online and in most cases with internet access at home. Europeans get the next largest population online wherein in top countries were Iceland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark and Finland. Least connected countries were Cambodia, Congo, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Myanmar.

Mark Lloyd, the Executive Director of the Civil Rights Forum on Communications Policy, stated that once you are not connected to the Information Age, it doesn't mean like you are deprived from luxury. Instead you are not connected to "the economy and democratic debate." Being connected is normally associated how well the economy is. The greater population has access, the greater possibility for socio-economic opportunities.

sources : 3: Internet World Stats,,,

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