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Digital Divide in Contemporary Society

This paper discusses the emerging digital divide in the contemporary society. I assess the presence of the digital divide accross the globe(global digital divide), trends and the causes. The core of the paper is to identify the ways of mitigating and closing the digital divide. They include promotion of e-learning, government involvement, community centered approaches, role of corporates,sectoral reforms, joint private/public efforts, role of the international community, overhaul of existing political regime and conversion of public libraries to access centers. Then I conclude the paper with how to go about closing the digital divide.

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Table of contents

1.0 Introduction
2.0 Causes of Digital Divide
    3.1 E-learning
    3.2 Government Involvement
    3.3 Community Centered Approaches
    3.4 Corporate Involvement
    3.5 Sector Reforms
    3.6 Joint Private-Public Efforts
    3.7 Re-Orientate ICT Policy and    Implementation
    3.8 The International Community
    3.9 Overhaul the Existing Social, Economic and Democratic Regimes
    4.0 Individual Efforts
    4.1Conversion of Public Libraries to Access Centers
    4.2 Conclusions
    4.3  References

Preview of the essay: Digital Divide in Contemporary Society

DIGITAL DIVIDE IN THE CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY Introduction Digital divide is the gap that exists between peoples who use Information and Computing technologies (ICT) and those who don’t use it. This terminology came into being in 1990s soon after people started utilizing the internet and the web to find information. To those who can access the information via ICTs they benefit from increased understandings of people, expedited transactions and overall efficiency in carrying out business. Unfortunately by the 2000, a paltry 10% of the total world population of 6.4 billion at the time had access to the World Wide Web. The expansion of internet use and the associated global digital has got the attention of policy makers, strategists, scholars, entrepreneurs, and journalists (Martin Ryder, 2005) Causes This disparity in information access is attributed to a number of factors. The causes of this information divide and identified: First, the unequal distribution of ICT information infrastructure, secondly, the social aspect of it having to do with skills that are necessary to utilize the ...

... financiers in ICT. It’s therefore a multifaceted problem that requires a more pragmatic multi-thronged approach to deal with. To close the existing digital divide all stakeholders will play an all important role without which it will only be a wish-washing idea. Amongst, the availability of capital to the developing economies is far urgent need. In conclusion, we hope to see more concerted efforts to realize the gains from information technology and consequently close the digital divide.
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Humanistic Studies
Princess R.

I really wonder if there is really the so-called digital divide. Does it really exists? In this competitive world, one cannot really avoid it happening.

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