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Some days ago, a colleague inthe course FDOL 141, asked this excellent question: “Have you come across www.universitybusiness.com/article/bridging-digital-divide? An american study shows that 78% of students have access to mobile devices – but how about the rest? Some ideas here.”

Due to the size of my response, I decided to answer it in here 🙂

This digital divided, which is presented in here regarding the  US, presents a rather grim aspect when you leave develop countries. In developed countries, we are above the 100% subscriptions, while in developing countries, we are reaching the mark of 90%,

(  Mobile-cellular subscriptions

 Developed 128.2 

 Developing 89.4 
 World 96.2 
http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Statistics/Pages/stat/default.aspx )
Currently, the countries are tackling this digital divide by using different strategies, for instance lowering the price down, through subsidies. In Portugal, o Magallean (http://www.mymagalhaes.com/), In Venezuela, the government paid for the laptops to be made available in schools (http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/5792 ). in the Caribbean, there is a mix between these two models and have adopted One Laptop per child policy, following Negroponte dream :).
 
The other day, I was among a group of friends and one of them suddenly told me that she was not a techy, that she couldn’t almost use her computer, that she used only her business program. However, from a group of 7 people, she was the only one always checking her smartphone, looking at her email, sms, internet…and she was not a techy 😉
 
This was profound as she was a heavy user of technology, without even realizing it. If her business program was available as a mobile app she probably would altogether just use her smartphone. This presents huge implications to the ICT profiles and skills, capacity development and therefore to Development  policies.
 

 

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