The Digital Divide

This shows the percentages of the population that is affected by the Digital Divide

The digital divide has to do with the gap between people who have access to computers and the Internet and those who do not. It usually involves minority groups like Hispanics, African Americans, or other disadvantaged groups. Redlining has to do with refusing to give or charging more for a certain service to a specific group. For example, in the 1970s, cable was denied to disadvantaged communities. Today, people must have the Internet and computers to be successful in the world. The groups that do not have the Internet or computers will stay poor and disadvantaged from generation to generation. This impacts them socially and economically.

Underdeveloped countries and minority groups are impacted by the digital divide because it is harder for them to prosper and contribute to a society that uses the Internet so much. I think that the UN can argue that disconnecting individuals from the internet is a violation of human rights because everything involves the Internet these days. Google, researching, typing documents, applications, news, etc. is all online. The world has moved into a state where people can thrive and learn using computers and the Internet. If one does not have this, then they do not have access to all of the opportunities that most of the world has, which is taking away what they can contribute to the world.

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