Wednesday, March 31, 2004

I feel as though the most important digital divide to overcome is that of low income v. moderate/high income. Those in the lower income often don't have a choice whether or not they use computers/the internet. With outreach towards those in lower income families, the other digital divides will be greatly effected. Children in low income families are likely to be those who live in less finacially supported schools, which is why they may not be "plugged in." it appears as though many of the low income families are in the south, and therefor, the north/south debate be tackled. Minorities, single parents, and disabled people, who may have a lower level of education, and therefor likely a lower income as well, will be brought into technology. Income is the ost important aspect of the digital divide, because closing the divide has potential to help with the problems of low income. Education for low income families could provide newer, safer oppertunities for employment through technology based marketable skills. Low income children could use knowledge they develop at a young age to help them with their outlook for the future. A big concern for those in need of education is childcare. I believe that their ought to be a training program that fits the lives of those who have a lot on their plate already. there could be neighboorhood sites of training or free transportation to nearby training sites, free childcare for those who are unable to afford a babysitter, or have children with special needs, and training that can accomodate for the special needs of trainees.
People would likely find an initiative like this as idealistic, and not realistic. sure, targeting other groups might be cheaper or easier, but I feel as though this approach has more long term effects than targeting smaller demographics.

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