The Digital Divide

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Science and technology has made tremendous progress in the last few decades. The advent of internet has changed the way communication and business is carried out. Transactions are made using net banking, goods and commodities are sold and bought over the internet and with the emergence of 3G, people can even access internet through mobile phones.


Multimedia equipped mobile phones have made life so much easier, faster and simpler.
However, we have only been talking about the positives of the digital world. There is a flip side to it also. As more and more information travels over the internet, digital crimes too are on the rise. Internet hacking, phishing, spam, malware attacks in computer systems are just a few examples of the same. Another disadvantage with the explosive growth of internet technology is that it is leading to an increase in the gap between the rich and the poor or the developed world and the developing world. While in the U.S, a home might be having subscriptions to landlines, personal mobile phones and PCs and laptops for each member of the family, in places like Africa, not every home has access to any of these conveniences. Thus, there is a huge digital divide between various regions of the world.
"In 2004, the developing world had 4 times fewer fixed telephones and 4 times fewer mobile subscribers per 100 people than the developed world. In the same year, the developed world had 8 times the Internet user penetration rate of the developing world." [WSIS, 2005].
In 2004, less than 3 % Africans used the Internet, whereas in the G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US), on the average, 50% of the population was using it. ...
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