Can we close the gap?

My knowledge on this topic has widely developed after reading several peers blog posts. The differentiation of personal and macro factors is not something I had previously considered. Mainly macro factors seem to differentiate the digital access between the population in countries of a similar development. I found it quite surprising that some fellow young adults don’t use the internet as frequently, this is not even in relation to their digital access.

Sam’s comment on my blog post led me to think about the importance of granting internet access to everyone to allow for equal opportunities. I felt that this was not as important as the necessity for other more basic amenities. On the other hand, reducing digital differences between individuals, that have internet access, by wiping the charges of internet access would allow for equal digital literacy skills. However, this would not work economically, as the cost of running the internet is so high. An article that I came across explains why internet could not be provided for free:

“As long as there is a cost to running hardware, the Internet will not be free of charge.”

(Leiva-Gomez, 2015)

I have learnt that the ability to decrease digital differences between individuals is quite difficult due to the amount of factors of affect it and the importance is varied between different groups of people.

In my blog post, I should have used more references and tried to use different types of graphics. This is something I intend to attempt in the next topic.

My comments:

  1. My comment on Adam’s blog
  2. My comment on Nikhita’s blog

Sources:

Leiva-Gomez, M. (2015) Can the Internet Ever Be Free of Charge? – Make Tech Easier. Available at: https://www.maketecheasier.com/can-the-internet-be-free/ (Accessed: 1 March 2018).

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