Connecting the Unconnected

If you stop and take a look around almost anywhere in our streets today, you will most likely witness a lunatic running around to catch a Pokémon. Running in front of cars, crossing when they are not supposed to, and running into signs are a few stupid moves they will potentially commit. These crazed characters seem to multiply by thousands each day all thanks to the increasing developments of technology.

However these idiots do not exist everywhere all thanks to a concept known as the digital divide. This term refers to a demographic gap where regions have modern technology while others don’t. Cellphones (used by some of the aforementioned idiots above), television, laptops, computers and internet access all belong to this technological category that divides certain regions.

It’s all about Location!

This divide exists between populations that:

· live in cities and those in rural areas

· poor level of education compared to higher degree of education

· developed and less developed nations

· Crappy internet connection, slow performing devices, and cheap price connections contribute to the digital divide gap.

Non for profit organizations as well as larger organizations are all working towards the same goal of bridging the digital divide.

Close the Gap is an international non-profit organisation that aims to bridge the digital divide by offering high-quality, pre-owned computers donated by large and medium-sized corporations or public organisations to educational, medical, entrepreneurial and social projects in developing and emerging countries. All the projects are demand-driven and share the common denominator of being non-profit-oriented initiatives.[1]

The gap can simply be bridged by providing internet to less technological nations. Although this is much easier said than done, internet is such a necessity in societies today as it does not only encourage idiots to become more idiotic but actually offers 24/7 accessibility, provides vast range of information and is used to please social butterflies to contact and meet family, friends and relatives all around the world.

[1] “Close The Gap Help Us Bridge the Digital Divide !” Close The Gap Home Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.