Digital divides are not just about technology: the digital divide as a form of hidden discrimination
Digital divides are not just about technology:
the digital divide as a form of hidden
Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities
University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Digital Discrimination and Social Networks
13 & 14 March 2014, Barcelona
Nikola, professor: I think the lack of
financial resources in academic and in
individual frames is one of the key
factors for the modest application of
ICTs. Also important is the indifference
of teachers, from primary school to
The Internet should be accessible to
everyone and in every place at the
universities, and that is not always
the case, for now.
Marko, junior faculty: The conditions are not the
same in developed and underdeveloped cities.
Schools are unequally equipped; teachers are
unevenly trained and motivated. A lot depends on
the Director/Dean of the institution.
Vesna, professor: Unfortunately, in an environment
where I work, there are personal and unscientific
reasons. In my faculty, the Dean has created
unhuman relationships, everything is subordinated
to the whims of the Dean’s Office, and the Ministry
of Education does not care. Collaboration takes
place in personal relationships.
Natasa, postgraduate student: Professors are very
inflexible on many issues. We study from the same
books for ages and in my field of study things are
changing every day. There are fewer practical examples
than there should be. I think the key point is to convince
the professors to do their job, and their work is to
promote and disseminate knowledge. The professor
has to be a leader in that sense, the first one to have
an account, to create a group that supports the
dissemination of information and knowledge, and not
to hide them from their students.
Danijel, student: Education for professors to use
social media is needed as the initiative must
come from them. Moreover, some of the tools
should be accepted at the institutional level and
all professors should be obliged to use them.
I do not know how our students would accept
I’m not sure if they would be interested in this
kind of collaboration
There is low awareness about the possibilities
of implementing social media sites for
“maybe even fear of the new”
Educators: new and improved
policies for ICT use in education.
Students: an open and frequent
communication as well as
interaction between teachers and