Reach Them So We Won’t Suffer Later!
The digital divide is the digital differences between people around the world in regards to access to computers and the Internet. Some people are separated globally, geographically, generationally, economically, and physically. The people missing from the web can consist of the elderly, people from communities in an area without internet connection, the poor, the disabled, and many other categories. I think we can bridge this gap by creating ways of reaching these people. Some initiatives have already been taken through various organizations. XO Laptops is an organization that provides 1 laptop per child in areas where this ordinarily wouldn’t be possible. Their mission is to provide an educational source to these kids in unstable living conditions. This initiative of overcoming the divide is benefiting these kids with web access to provide them with education that is otherwise unreachable. I think as the world is headed into a digital phenomenon, it is important to bridge this gap of people untouched by the web and computers. Employment and education are on an uphill trajectory with technology as a main tool, so educating children, for instance, is crucial to their success in society. Another initiative that we looked at in class was Black Girls Code, whose main goal is to plant seeds in these women for their future with the knowledge of coding and technology. Organizations, such as the ones I’ve mentioned, are all playing a part in uniting society to be at a similar level of knowledge so that everyone can be effective. I think the world benefits from these unreached people now gaining access ultimately for employment reasons and so companies won’t be in need of qualified workers. These companies and organizations will be set with a wider range of applicants and aspirants because of the initiatives that are at work around the world to provide them with proper technological skills. So these initiatives, from one point of view, can be seen as an economic scheme for the future so that the world won’t be dominated by the uneducated or the unqualified or people who are untouched by the web and technology. Society is consumed with money and success, and bridging this digital gap could be seen as a big picture movement, providing digital education now so the world won’t suffer later. If automation is already dominating society, years from now, employers will only be seeking out people with digital knowledge for any area of work. So the scramble to bridge this digital divide isn’t necessarily to help people now, but to ultimately help the world in the long run.