The American Digital DividePresentation Transcript
The American Digital Divide
refers to the “gap between those people with effective access to digital and information technology and those without access to it.”
More is discussed with bridging the digital divide in developing countries
More companies and programs available to help developing countries obtain access as well as equipment
Digital Divide Defined
For example: One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program which aims to help provide portable computers for children in developing countries.
Number of computers sold in 2007: 270,000- Peru 100,000- Uruguay 50,000- Mexico 15,000- USA (City of Birmingham)
Is this program more beneficial for developing countries or can it be adopted here as well?
“ The measure of access to digital services”
In 2001, US ranked 4th.
As of Feb. 2008, US ranked 15th.
Americans pay far more for much slower Internet connections
Too many people still live in areas that cable and telecom companies refuse to serve
America is the leader in Internet technology yet “America lags so far behind the rest of the industrialized world in broadband access to the Internet.” Ex: Only 11.4% of the U.S. population had broadband in 2005, compared with more than double that amount in the Republic of Korea.
America falling behind in the every measure of broadband-subscribership, price, speed, and investment.
Compared to South Korea, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland, Taiwan, Belgium, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Japan, Finland, and Singapore
Promoting Computer Literacy
Wal-Mart's $199 computer (does not include a monitor)
Aimed for as a family computer
Cheap because computer loaded with Open Source software, which is developed using code that is available to anyone
Wal-Mart did not want to use Microsoft software
Offered online at Walmart.com and in about 600 Wal-Mart stores nationwide
Microsoft and West Virginia Create First State Technology Training Initiative for Older Adults called Seniors Technology Training Program
Aimed to bridge WV's rural areas as well as to help bridge the generational divide
Goal is to empower the elderly, to enhance their lives and the lives of others by learning, applying and teaching technology.
Microsoft provided the grant
All software being taught is from Microsoft
Questions & Discussions
Why is bridging the divide so important?
Should our government focus more on accessibility measures or providing equipment?
Should there be more or equal of a concern for the digital divide in America?
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