Archive for the ‘The Digital Divide’ Category

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The present gap of the divide in businesses goes further than companies just having technological access. It is one of the main reasons in this day-and-age of slow productivity. This issue is one of the most important social equity issues facing the information society. Complexity and knowledge barriers towards the Internet adoption, comfort and satisfaction issues faced by new users may be constructed as self-efficient deficits.

The digital divide conceptualizes or is rather faced with attributes such as demographic and socio-economic variables, like income, education, age, geographic location, skills, awareness, political and cultural and psychological attitudes, etc.

The research done across countries has shown that income levels and the access to education are identified as providing the most powerful explanatory variables for access and usage to technology. It is still present that Whites are much more likely than Africans to own computers as well as have access to the Internet in their homes, but this is slowly evolving. In terms of geographic location, people who live in urban areas have more access and show more usage of computer services than those in rural areas. Gender was and is still one of the variables that is basically a common explanation for the cause of the digital divide to this day. Many people think ICT is basically male gendered, but statistics have shown that income, education and employment act as common variables and that women with the same level of income, education and employment actually embrace ICT more than men. Now how about that?

Author: Julitha Mekgoe

Edited by: Thokozani K.Phakathi

References:

Martin Hilbert “When is Cheap, Cheap Enough to Bridge the Digital Divide? Modeling Income Related Structural Challenges of Technology Diffusion in Latin America”. World Development, Volume 38, issue 5, p. 756-770; free access to the study here: martinhilbert.net/CheapEnoughWD_Hilbert_pre-print.pdf

Date accessed: 11 March 2013

Zickuher, Kathryn. 2011. Generations and their gadgets. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Retrieved from: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Generations-and-gadgets/Report/Desktop-and-Laptop-Computers.aspx.

Date accessed: 24 April 2013

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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

References:

  1. Bridging the Digital Divide: How Enterprise Ownership and Foreign Competition Affect Internet Access in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Online Abstract.

Author: George Clarke

Publication Date: July 1999

Date Accessed: 26 April 2013

  1. Bridging the digital divide – an Australian story.

Online Abstract

Authors: Broadbent, Robyn; Papadopoulos, Theo

Publication Date: 01-01-2013

Date Accessed: 22 April 2013

Links:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/cce/digitaldivide/

http://173.254.28.27/~computg3/issues-2/the-real-digital-divide/

http://www.thenjournal.org/feature/335/

http://eztechsite.blogspot.com/2012/02/locus-2012-theme-bridging-digital.html

Posted: April 30, 2013 in The Digital Divide

A passionate young man from Kasambya, brings hope to the community by using Circuit boards and old wires.

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The world we live in now depends more on the internet (i.e. a lot of business ideas and transactions take place on the internet). Businesses depend on technology to update their client databases, access government services as well as giving back to the community through Corporate Social Investment (CSI). Being digitally advanced in an enterprise is important and therefore is seen as imperative.

Government initiatives are continuously being designed to create stable and supportive environments in new industries. For the mere fact that small and medium businesses are being left behind due to their location and not having high-speed in terms of being the late majority of technology adoption is has an immediate effect on small and medium enterprises.

The term e-business is used to refer to how the industry, trade and commerce, works using the computer networks that allow companies to link their processing systems and allow for easier  communication between an enterprise, supplier and the partners involved in buying and selling electronic gadgets. This will help the business expand their market and eventually sell in areas that are much more of an advantage to big businesses. Online trading also allows buyers and sellers to interact on real time and also includes commercial benefits such as: improved inventory management, reduce4d processing errors and better customer services.

It is therefore evident that adopting technological advancements in a small or medium businesses has a benefit.

Author: Koketso Seloana

Edited by : Julitha Mekgoe

Refrences:

http://www.networkforgood.org/topics/education/digitaldivide/

http://www.internetworldstats.com/links10.htm

http://answers.reference.com/wellness/mind/who_suffers_from_the_digital_divide