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The digital divide 3552

  1. 1. The Digital Divide: What Is It And Why It Matters<br />By Andrew Laubmeier<br />
  2. 2. What is the Digital Divide?<br />Any guesses?<br />
  3. 3. Definition<br />Digital Divide refers to the ever expanding gap between those who have access to information technology (the internet) and those who do not.<br />Affects millions of people throughout the world.<br />Economic & civil rights issue in today’s world. <br />
  4. 4. Digital Divide<br />Internet is something we often take for granted.<br />As Americans we enjoy one of the highest per capita internet usage rates on earth<br />Internet is part of our <br />daily lives<br />
  5. 5. Everyone Stand Up!<br />Sit down if…<br />
  6. 6. Sit Down If…<br />You know how to use Adobe InDesign<br />
  7. 7. Sit Down If…<br />You have a Tumblr account<br />
  8. 8. Sit Down If…<br />You have a Twitter account<br />
  9. 9. Sit Down If…<br />You know how to use Microsoft Word<br />
  10. 10. Sit Down If…<br />You have a Facebook Account<br />
  11. 11. Point of Excersise<br />You should all be sitting down by now<br />Displays how heavily we rely on the Internet & personal computers in everyday life<br />This is certainly not the norm for people on a global scale<br />
  12. 12. Digital Divide Across the World <br />
  13. 13. Notice anything about dispersion of computer usage on the map?<br />The global north much more technologically advanced than global south. <br />Due to the prominence of majority of first world countries in global north (US, Europe, Japan etc.)<br />In 2004, less than 3 out of every 100 Africans had internet access.<br />Top 20 countries in terms of bandwith make up 80% of all internet users. (TechMission)<br />
  14. 14. What causes Digital Divide?<br />Carvin points to 5 main issues <br />1. Access – People simply don’t have internet access (due to high cost of computers & internet) <br />2. Content – Internet offers much more than Facebook & shopping, provides outlet for learning <br />3. Literacy – One can’t use the internet if they can’t read<br />4. Pedagogy – How computers & internet are taught in schools<br />5. Community – People don’t take advantage of community building websites and programs as much as they should<br />
  15. 15. Why does it matter?<br />Direct correlation between internet access and income.<br />95% of American households earning $75,000 or more had internet access.<br />Compared to 70% of American households earning less than $75,000 having access (Pew Institute).<br />Internet & computers are essential in higher education and work force.<br />
  16. 16. How can Digital Divide be closed?<br />Goal of many activists and philanthropists to even out this massive difference in computer literacy globally.<br />One Laptop Per Child Program<br />Chairman of OLPC on Colbert<br />Movement in right direction.<br />
  17. 17. Get into groups of 3<br />How can you as high school students in the United States help close the Digital Divide?<br />
  18. 18. Conclusion<br />Digital Divide is the gap between those who have computer/internet access and those who do not<br />Affects millions of people throughout the globe<br />Numerous causes of it<br />One day, hopefully will be closed <br />
  19. 19. Citations<br />Carvin. (2000). Mind the Gap: The Digital Divide as the Civil Rights Issue of the New Millennium<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />