4.1 Digital divides in a global society (Intro)

Taking Control, Making a Difference Sessions 4.1 Digital divides in a global society (Intro)

In today’s rapidly advancing digital age, access to digital technologies has become increasingly essential for participation in modern society and the global economy. However, despite the widespread integration of technology into various aspects of our lives, not everyone has equal access to these digital resources and opportunities. This discrepancy in access and usage of digital technologies among different segments of the population is commonly referred to as digital divides.

Digital divides can manifest in various forms, including discrepancies in access to internet connectivity, availability of digital devices, proficiency in digital literacy skills, and opportunities to engage in online activities. These divides can be influenced by a range of factors, such as socioeconomic status, geographic location (urban vs. rural), age, education level, gender, and disabilities.

Understanding digital divides is crucial for addressing issues of digital justice. Digital justice encompasses the fair distribution of digital resources, opportunities, and benefits across society. By acknowledging and addressing digital divides, we can strive to create a more inclusive digital ecosystem where everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, has equitable access to the tools and opportunities afforded by digital technologies.

Throughout this course, we will delve into the complexities of digital divides, examining their root causes, manifestations, and implications for individuals, communities, and society at large. We will explore strategies and initiatives aimed at bridging these divides and promoting digital inclusion, with a focus on fostering greater digital equity and empowerment for all. Join us on this journey as we work towards building a more equitable and just global society in the digital age.


Outcomes

After this session you should feel more confident in:

  • Understanding what digital divides are and how they impact digital justice.
  • Explaining different kinds of digital divides and how they relate to each other.
  • Taking steps to identify and bridge digital divides in your own life and work.

Keywords

Digital Divides

Refers to disparities in access to and usage of digital technologies among different groups of people, based on factors such as socioeconomic status, geographic location, education level, or other demographics. Addressing digital divides is essential for promoting digital justice and ensuring equitable opportunities for all in the digital age.

Globalization

The process of increased interconnectedness and interdependence among countries and regions through the exchange of goods, services, information, and ideas. In the context of digital justice, globalization influences the distribution of digital resources and opportunities on a global scale, highlighting the importance of addressing disparities and promoting inclusivity across borders.

Power

The ability to influence or control outcomes, decisions, and resources within a society or system. In terms of digital justice, power dynamics shape who has access to digital technologies, who benefits from them, and who is marginalized or excluded. Promoting digital justice involves empowering individuals and communities to have greater control over their digital lives and to participate fully in digital spaces.

Accessibility

Refers to the degree to which digital technologies, information, and services are available and usable by individuals with diverse abilities, including those with disabilities. Achieving digital justice requires ensuring that digital platforms, content, and tools are designed and implemented in ways that are accessible to all users, regardless of their physical or cognitive capabilities.

Affordability

The extent to which individuals and communities can reasonably afford to access and use digital technologies and services without experiencing financial hardship. Affordability plays a critical role in digital justice, as high costs can create barriers to access for marginalized groups and perpetuate inequalities. Promoting affordability involves reducing the cost of digital infrastructure, devices, and internet services to ensure equitable access for all.



Onward

You’re doing well taking on the big issues related to digital divides Hopefully you now have a sense of some of the biggest challenges digital justice advocates are facing and are ready to go a bit deeper. Click Complete Lesson to move to the next part of this session. There you will learn from some experts in the field from around the world.