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The Growing Digital Divide
An overview of the growing problem of the digital divide in the US and possible solutions.
# 151994 | 908 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Nov 09, 2012 in Sociology (General) , Computer and Technology (General)

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The term Digital Divide refers to the broad disparities between income groups in terms of availability of information technologies including the Internet and related services. This paper examines how the digital divide is keeping many children and families from realizing their full earning potential by limiting their opportunities for learn and therefore earn more. The paper further discusses how it is very prevalent in the U.S., an embarrassment for one of the most technologically advanced nations on earth.

The Digital Divide in the U.S. - Real and Growing
Digital Divide Globally
Solutions to the Digital Divide

From the Paper:

"As this problem perpetuates poverty and suffering in low-income families globally and robs children of achieving their potential to rise out of poverty, clearly a more concerted and coordinated effort is needed. Public sector, private sector and non-profit sector organizations need to create a global consortium and seek the assistance of telecommunications companies. Second, this consortium needs to recruit volunteers from the IT industry to help wire these regions lacking Internet access. Giving a tax credit to companies who provide their services and also their materials is one way to get greater levels of cooperation. Creating a technology volunteer corps of IT professionals and experts could lessen the costs of salaries as their time would be donated and tax deductable. Previous efforts to coordinate with telecommunications companies have failed as the global recession forced them to cut off funding for these programs as their own profitability become an issue (Agarwal, Animesh, Prasad, 2009). Instead if the consortium was able to persuade the governments of the world to provide these tax breaks there would be much greater activity than what the GCTA alone is going globally to help eradicate this problem. In fact the GCTA and other organizations who are sponsoring Digital Divide technology programs are using high-grade WiFi antennas to blanket entire regions of poverty-stricken counties in the U.S. using WiMAX for example (Middleton, Chambers, 2010). WiMAX is a technology known for being suitable across broad geographic regions due to its signal strength."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Agarwal, R., Animesh, A., & Prasad, K.. (2009). Social Interactions and the "Digital Divide": Explaining Variations in Internet Use. Information Systems Research, 20(2), 277-294.
  • Andrew Batson and Shai Oster. (2006, November 22). Politics & Economics: As China Booms, the Poorest Lose Ground; Survey Showing Income Decline Among Bottom 10% Suggests New Wealth Isn't Filtering Down. Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition), p. A.4.
  • James, J.. (2009). Sharing Mechanisms for Information Technology in Developing Countries, Social Capital and Quality of Life. Social Indicators Research, 94(1), 43-59.
  • Karen L. Middleton, & Valrie Chambers. (2010). Approaching digital equity: is wifi the new leveler? Information Technology & People, 23(1), 4-22.
  • Ravi S Sharma, Ekundayo M Samuel, & Elaine W J Ng. (2009). Beyond the digital divide: policy analysis for knowledge societies. Journal of Knowledge Management, 13(5), 373-386.

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