The Digital Divide
Digital Divide In 2002
Given the rising use of advanced technology, the digital world has often faced series of dynamisms. The society has made use of digital platforms in carrying out various transactions in different aspects of life such as political, social and economic engagements (Norris and Diana 1). To engage in such aspects, there is a need for efficient flow and sharing of information lack of which creates an information breakdown from digital platforms resulting in a digital divide. In 2002, the aspect of digital divide referred to the gap that existed between communities and people who have and do not have access to information technologies essential for lives transformation (Norris and Diana 1).
The Current Digital Divide
The aspect of digital divide from the 2002 definition has slightly changed to incorporate other aspects. It refers to a social or economic inequality about access to, the impact of or uses information and communication technologies (Monroe 5). In the United States, the divide typically refers to the inequalities between businesses, geographic areas, households or individuals.
Examples of Digital Divide In 2002
In 2002, the digital divide included the digital disparities among populations will less formal education such as Hispanics and African Americans in accessing the internet at homes and economic inequalities in such societies leading to inefficient access to digital communications.
Current Examples of Digital Divide
The current issues of digital divide include the gaps that exist in access and usage of digital platforms in a geographical area of business environment and the differences in skills related to such usage. In 2002, the divide was more of having or not having access but given the massive penetration of mobile technology, it entails relative inequality of the individuals who have more and those who have less.
Assumptions of The Experts For or Against Closing The Digital Divide In 2002
Different studies have been geared towards analyzing the use of the internet among the American communities. As a result, the director of the Center for Technology Studies, Sonia Arrison argues that issues of digital divide are never a crisis that calls for government interventions assuming those who have no access to the internet really do not want to have such access (Norris and Diana 1). He founded his argument based on the study carried out by the U.S. Department of Commerce daubed A Nation Online that revealed digital divide is no longer a concern.
Assumptions of the Experts For Or Against Closing The Digital Divide Today
Monroe (P. 6) argues that despite the increasing use of mobile phones and other technological devises in various communities, the digital divide still exist and should be bridged. He assumes the digital inequality have been facilitated by inequitable and lack of uniform distribution of digital infrastructures such as DSL, cable modems, broadband infrastructures as well as increased innovations across the societies.
To close the existing digital divide, there is a need for government’s support in technological, infrastructural development in all regions. Developed infrastructure will in turn empower different communities to use digital platforms due to the efficiencies and ease of access that shall have been created by such initiatives.
The above position is influenced by the study conducted by Monroe on the need to close the digital divide and factors that are increasingly widening the digital inequalities.
The digital divide is less of an issue currently as compared to 2002. The digital inequality in 2002 was primary fostered by economic variables such as poverty and social class that currently has been at low points (Monroe 10). The current inequality is more of infrastructural development and less of economic and educational conditions.
I believe given the increasing penetration of digital networks in different parts of the United States, the digital divide will be an insignificant aspect of a policy problem.
Monroe, Barbara J. Crossing the Digital Divide: Race, Writing, and Technology in the Classroom. New York: Teachers college press, 2004. Print.
Norris Dickard, and Diana Schneider. The Digital Divide: Where we are today, a Status Report on the Digital Divide. 2002. Print. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/digital-divide-where-we-are-today