digital divide: an implication in future nepal


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  • digital divide: an implication in future nepal

    1. 1. Digital Divide Implication in the future Nepal
    2. 2. Imagine <ul><li>You, as a farmer, selling agriculture products in the market without any market information </li></ul><ul><li>You, as a farmer, being dependent upon their traditional knowledge of weather in agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>You, as a rural youth, walking for hours to find that medicine shop is closed </li></ul><ul><li>You, as rural youth, going to city for study, wondering around colleges for information </li></ul>
    3. 3. What if? <ul><li>Farmers selling agriculture products know about market price before selling </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers get up-to-date information on weather </li></ul><ul><li>People get information that medicine shop is closed </li></ul><ul><li>Rural youths get educational information at their village itself </li></ul>
    4. 4. Information is power <ul><li>That little information to those victims could have saved their time, money in order words hunger </li></ul><ul><li>Livelihoods improve </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Unfortunately things are happening as we just imagined </li></ul><ul><li>That little information couldn’t reach the needy ones at right time or couldn’t reach at all </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Why </li></ul>?
    7. 7. Because of … <ul><li>Because of gap </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure gap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content gap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ignorance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic gap </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Termed as digital divide </li></ul>
    8. 8. What is digital divide? <ul><li>The term was first used to differentiate people having telephones to those without in US </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionally, the divide between those with access to technologies to those without </li></ul>
    9. 9. Bridging gap <ul><li>Provide access to technologies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other gadgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Is it successful? <ul><li>Hundreds of studies showed that providing access to technologies is not the key factor </li></ul>
    11. 11. What happened? <ul><li>People are forgotten </li></ul><ul><li>Too much focus on technologies </li></ul><ul><li>People are not aware of the benefits they can receive from the use of technologies </li></ul><ul><li>People are the key factors, making them understand is the solution, not just access </li></ul>
    12. 12. Vastness of digital divide <ul><li>Several gaps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. The biggest challenge? <ul><li>Fighting terrorism </li></ul><ul><li>Stopping AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing global warming </li></ul><ul><li>Tackling world poverty </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
    14. 14. Unfortunately none
    15. 15. The biggest challenge instead… <ul><li>Bridging the digital divide to the next 10 percents of world citizens </li></ul>
    16. 16. Why? <ul><li>Gives infrastructure to the stakeholders needed for the large scale effort </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to stop terrorism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>tackle poverty, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>aware people about AIDS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Hunger vs. bridging digital divide? <ul><li>Bridging digital divide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides infrastructure to a village </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To distribute their products </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support entrepreneurial activity </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Generating employment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>….. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hence reducing hunger </li></ul></ul></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>We tend to think that we have to overcome obstacles to reduce the digital divide gap </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These obstacles are primary objectives of bridging digital divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital divide is way to reduce hunger and not two separate issues that needs to be prioritized. </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Questions? <ul><li>Thank-you </li></ul>