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The digital divide

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The digital divide in the United States and the World

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The digital divide

  1. 1. THE DIGITAL DIVIDE Angela Washington Liz Medlock Alicia Brown Bonnie Murray Russell Jones Lawton Milanovich
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS The Digital Divide in the United States Socioeconomic by Angela Washington Rural by Liz Medlock Age by Alicia Brown The Digital Divide World Wide Third World Countries by Bonnie Murray Developing Countries by Russell Jones Developed Countries by Lawton Milanovich
  3. 3. THE DIGITAL DIVIDE In the United
  4. 4. SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS Angela Washington
  5. 5. While 64% of Americans have access to broadband, low income families, African American and Hispanic households, and disabled Americans are being left behind in the "digital divide”
  7. 7. There is a clear divide among various ethnic groups. Although there is still a gap between urban (66%) households with broadband connections and rural (51%) households - the gap is closing. Geographically, the north east and the Western states have far better
  8. 8. The digital divide reflects the compounds of other existing inequalities. Our most vulnerable are at the most risk of being excluded. Almost half of those are not online are disabled and almost half fit
  9. 9. The digital divide is having a profound impact on the world’s interconnected economies. A new study by the World Economic Forum (WEF) states the gap isn’t closing anytime
  10. 10. REFERENCES  plain-sight/why-its-so-hard-close- digital-divide-high-poverty-schools- n129726  al-divide/
  11. 11. RURAL FACTORS Liz Medlock
  12. 12. STAGGERING STATISTICS 28% of rural Americans have no access to broadband1 41% of American schools have no access to high-speed internet2 75% of Americans have no choice in high-end broadband provider3
  14. 14. POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS President Obama has called on local communities to explore municipal broadband3 The Wireless Innovation Initiative aims to connect 98 percent of all Americans to wireless broadband within the next five years1 The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a plan to spur broadband
  15. 15. REFERENCES 1 1/09/ closing-the-digital-divide-in-rural- america/ 2 digital-divide-rural-america 3
  16. 16. AGE FACTORS Alicia Brown
  17. 17.  Age is a factor that tell us if an individual has used the internet before.  Adults age 16-24 (99%) has used the internet.  Adults 75 and older has increased about 13% since 2011  Older adults will not have the same skills as younger adults because younger adults have been using longer and have developed more skills.
  18. 18. STATISTICS It was found that 97 percent of 18 to 29- year olds in the United States were internet users. Overall, 87 percent of the U.S. population accessed the internet. 18 to 29=97% 30 to 49=93% 50 to 64=88% 65 and older=57% Pew Research Center © Statista 2015
  19. 19. GENERAL TECHNOLOGY 55% of adults use their phone to access the internet. (Madden,Lenhart,Duggan,Cortesi,&Gasser,20 13) Older adults tend to express less interest in technology (computers). It is easier for an older adults to use their phone instead of going and sitting down at a computer. Older adults might understand about computers but have less experience than
  20. 20. INTERNET USERS FOR 2014For the first time, the share of internet users with college educations using LinkedIn reached 50%. Multi-platform use is on the rise: 52% of online adults now use two or more social media sites, a significant increase from 2013, when it stood at 42% of internet users For the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook. This represents 31% of all seniors.
  21. 21. THE DIGITAL DIVIDE In the World
  22. 22. THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES Bonnie Murray
  23. 23. There is minimal access to the internet in Third World Countries. This creates an issue which excludes these locations from participating in global affairs, such as political, social, and economic events. Also, those living in these countries are not able to take
  24. 24. BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDEIn parts of the developing world, less than 1 in every 1,000 people have access to a computer compared to nearly 600 in every 1,000 in the developed world. CNET Networks International Media has partnered with UK charity Computer Aid International, to undertake the effort of bridging the digital divide between the developed world and the developing world. Old computers and computer equipment can be donated to the organization for
  25. 25. CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDEBridging the Digital Divide is just the beginning stages of closing the Digital Divide. Donations, joining non-profit organizations and staying active with foundations and corporations that connect with
  26. 26. DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Russell Jones
  27. 27. NETWORK READINESS INDEX“…is once again dominated by Western European economies and Asian advanced economies.” The gap between the top 10% and bottom 10% of countries is rapidly widening. Source: countries-widening-study--1076859
  28. 28. WHAT IS HOLDING COUNTRIES BACK?Lack of interest Understanding Time Affordability Availability of access Source:
  30. 30. WHICH COUNTRIES FARE THE WORST? Source: information-technology-report-2015/network-
  31. 31. “DATA AS VALUABLE AS OIL OR GOLD” As many Western countries embrace apps and technology, Big Data is becoming as valuable a commodity as other materials, such as oil or gold. This increases the divide in the digital haves and have nots. Source: closing-any-time-soon-248454
  32. 32. DEVELOPED COUNTRIES Lawton Milanovich
  33. 33. DEVELOPED COUNTRIES Internet users in 2012 as a percentage of a country's population
  34. 34.  As technology continues to increase, developed countries are investing more capital into their research and development in order to stay ahead of the “technology curve.”  The digital divide stems from poverty and the economic barriers that limit resources and prevent people from obtaining or otherwise using newer technologies.  “The cost of ICT devices, traffic, applications, technician and educator training, software, maintenance and infrastructures require ongoing financial means.”  Computers and the Internet provide users with
  35. 35. Developed countries are able to enjoy many technological services that are not yet available in many Third World or even developing countries: E-commerce, social networking Affordable and widespread internet access, such as Wi-Fi Online shopping platforms and electronic payments Mobile phones, tablets and other devises such as digital televisions Ability to communicate and trade with
  36. 36. Why must we “bridge the gap” in this global digital divide? Democracy- closing the digital divide gap would help countries become more free. Citizens would be able to take part in community events and have a say in their governments. Economic Growth- bridging the gap would allow underdeveloped countries to grow economically by using technology to boost infrastructure and development. Social and Education- closing the gap would allow countries to gain access to information that
  37. 37. REFERENCES  ervations/2014/05/08/developing- countries-still-far-from-closing-digital- divide/  de  gital-divide-splits-developed-and- developing-nations