Wealthy people have an advantage over the poor as they can reap the benefits of technology such as:
- Internet service
- Instant Messaging programs (MSN, etc)
It affects the fairness of the world
What are the main problems?
The economic divide, the usability divide and the empowerment divide (Nielsen)
Lots of people in developing countries don’t have access to Internet.
They are usually left behind as others improve in digital technology.
One Laptop per Child organization.
- Sending digital technology equipments and technology teachers to poor children in China.
United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development.
Digital Alliance Foundation.
- Donate fund for buying digital technology equipments to the developing countries.
“ All the citizens of a state cannot be equally powerful, but they may be equally free,” - Voltaire
Ensure that the less fortunate people should be equal to us in terms of technology.
Concern about people who have to face digital divide.
Case Study Our Specific are for Digital Divide is Shanghai. “ Households with incomes of $75,000 or more are nine times more likely to have a computer at home and 20 times more like to have access to the Internet than those at the lowest income levels” (The Digital Divide) "The Digital Divide." WTC <http://www.geocities.com/tcanada1301/divide.html>.
- An organization that is trying to raise awareness of digital divide.
- The founder of this organization is Martha Branigan-Sutton
"Digital Alliance is more about people and education than wires and softwares,“
- Martha Branigan-Sutton
Provide digital education for the poor to improve lives
Reduce suffering & create a foundation for learning
Facilitate access to ICT's ( information and communication technology)
To raise awareness and foster partnerships
We like that they focus stopping digital divide on the poorest countries first.
“ Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference,” - Voltaire
We plan to contact DAF and send them our project and ask if we can help them with Digital Divide in Shanghai and maybe even in China.
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Youtube videos on Digital Divide
Before Our Interactive Activity
Put yourselves in groups of 2-3 people.
We will display 3 questions for you to discuss.
Paper & pencils will be provided for you to write down your thoughts.
You have 5 minutes to discuss and write down your answer.
At the end of each question, we will discuss your responses.
Paper & pencils will be collected at the end of the activity.
Which 3 countries do you think are suffering from digital divide? And why?
What do you think is the relationship between digital divide and education?
What do you think we can do to slow down digital divide?
- We are trying to close the Digital Divide in Shanghai.
Raising money to buy technology for the Li Ming School
Have bake sale at school (raise money)
Donate digital technology equipments to Li Ming Migrant School:
- small TVs
Teach the children how to use those equipments.
To raise the awareness of digital divide
To enhance their education level
Provide better job opportunities in the future for the children
Try our best to close digital divide in China
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss
The Digital Divide has affected the world in a number of ways. These include:
- the equality of technology of the world
- education level
- poverty reduction
- job opportunities
Raise money by bake sale (twice a week):
- for buying digital technology equipments
Donate those digital technology equipments to Li Ming School
Continue short-term plan in other poor colleges or schools
We hope to help close up digital divide in China.
To contact Digital Alliance Foundation (DAF) and send them our project and ask if we can help them with Digital Divide in Shanghai and maybe even in China.