The Digital Divide (Bridging the Divide)

Posted: April 30, 2013 in The Digital Divide


The digital divide is dangerous, however it can be made safe if people work together and “build a bridge” to close the gap. It stays true that the factor that leads to digital divide is the lack of access to computers and Internet. Countries which lack a firm information and communication technology   infrastructure become limited and cannot be part of the electronic commerce as it grows. The divide can be bridged by providing incentives for community organizations to offer free computer training, or opening up training centres, and teaching people how to write letters, use the web and how to participate in social networking through the use of a computer. Organizations need to implement socio-educational programmes linked to schools, hospitals and other projects that focus on improving educational and information facilities.

The digital divide can be bridged efficiently by removing the financial barriers; by doing this, low-income individuals can get access to the internet. The organizations need to promote the joy of computing, networking ideas with resources and people to accomplish the mission of safe, effective computerization for all who are willing to use. The community can encourage business growth by using computers to effectively do what they like to promote the growth of the community. Regarding the question “Can anyone learn computers?” bring to mind the image of an illiterate person who has already learned how to read the screens and push the buttons on their ATM. We are only limited by our imagination when it comes to ways of bridging the digital divide.

Author: Thokozani K. Phakathi

Edited by: Koketso Seloana


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Author: George Clarke

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Online Abstract

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Publication Date: 01-01-2013

Date Accessed: 22 April 2013


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