Digital Divide & Equity
As the need for technology and digital communication continues to increase at a rapid rate, we can see how through a new technological institution there comes boundaries and barriers for some users. This problem is coined at the digital divide and users are striving for a more equitable institution. It is important that leaders and we, as a society move in the right direction to ensure and equitable and just system for the digital world.
According to the Scientific American, we live in society that thrives off of the inequity of education and others and so by incorporating a new layer of a digital world, we have prevented people from gaining access to the digital world by not providing high speed internet for everyone (Radovanovic, 14 Dec 2011). In addition to this, the lack of digital access results in the lack of digital skills thus creating a select few of individuals who actually understand technology. This pushes society even back further because our communities are not on the same page and advancing with and for society.
To combat this, leaders have coined the term digital equity or digital inclusion. It’s quite fascinating to see how in a society filled with inequity, we have created a new institution and inequity and the need for equity follows. We learned of a good definition in course material of what digital equity means and its implications. “Digital Equity ensures all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy. Digital Equity is necessary for civic and cultural participation, employment, lifelong learning, and access to essential services” (The National Digital Inclusion Alliance, (Links to an external site.) 2016).
To conclude, there is a lot of work that needs to be done for the future of the digital institution because it is important that we are part of a just and equitable society. Creating new solutions is difficult, but it is possible. By ensuring every user has access to high speed internet is the first step in the right direction.
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