Digital Divide vs Digital Inequality

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Digital divide vs digital Inequality :

Digital divide vs digital Inequality By: Jarred Darensbourg Ethics in Education

Digital Divide vs. Digital Inequality:

Digital Divide vs. Digital Inequality “Inequality between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’” (DiMaggio+Hargittai, p.2) Refers to differences in access to and uses of new technologies “Refer[s] not just to differences in access, but also to inequality among persons with formal access to the Internet.” (DiMaggio+Hargittai, p.2)

As Chief technology Adviser to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, I have evaluated the following alternatives to address digital inequalities in the state::

As Chief technology Adviser to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, I have evaluated the following alternatives to address digital inequalities in the state: Install computers in all public libraries in the state and expand the hours when the computers are available Advice: Could be inconvenient for those of low socio-economic status Censoring? Blocked web pages? Wait time? Usage time? Age limits? Who will decide?

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Expand staffing and other resources so that public schools can be open to the public after normal school hours, on weekends, and during summer months Advice: Who will monitor the school during these extended hours – school staff, public workers? Censoring? Blocked web pages? Wait time? Usage time? Age limits? Who will decide?

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Provide individuals in disadvantaged communities with computers Advice: Ensuing affordability Pawning it for money Gifts from government send wrong message

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Provide high-speed internet and mobile access for all state residents Advice: Discounted, refurbished computers? Rent-to-own Ipads? Subsidize Internet Service Providers to provide low-cost internet to all state residents Advice: Low-cost internet = not worth my last dime

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Provide information literacy courses to enhance computer skills and enable knowledgeable use of digital technologies. Advice: Teach the public “how to fish” and they’ll feed themselves for a lifetime Fosters a sense of accomplishment

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Develop free online educational content, giving first priority to content most relevant to lower socio-economic groups before content that is relevant to the rest of the public Advice: No internet access? No at-home computer? Public library too far away? How will low socio-economic groups receive the content?

My alternative…:

My alternative… Combine a few of the other options Rent-to-own program Get a refurbished pc Get free internet access Complete “Better Yourself” literacy courses Pass summative assessment Receive free online educational content, keep the pc, and internet access Why? Sense of accomplishment Earned pc is more valuable Affordable for all parties involved

References…:

References… DiMaggio, P., & Hargittai, E. (2001). From the 'digital divide' to 'digital inequality:' Studying Internet use as penetration increases. Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, Working Paper Series number , 15 . Retrieved from http://www.princeton.edu/~arts...gittai.pdf McConnaughey, J., Nila, C. A., & Sloan, T. (1995). Falling through the net: A survey of the "have nots" in rural and urban America. National Telecommunications And Information Administration. Retrieved from http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/fallingthru.html Pictures from Google Images

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