Week 4: Digital Divide

 Income is one reason individuals experience a digital divide, but factors such as education level, age, disabilities, gender, culture and location all play a part.

Many prople in the twenty first century are digitally expectant. That is, we expect digital technology to be a part of our every day lives. Parents, teachers, students, employers and the wider community are drivers of this expectation (Howell, 2012). As the info graphic below suggests, many people use digital technology as a part of everyday life. Without it perhaps they are disadvantaged, as the clip above suggested.

The organisation One Laptop per Child (n.d) has a mission which is “to empower the world’s poorest children through education.” This seems extreme but imagine if the Australian Government took on a mission similar. Therefore, ensuring Australia’s poorest children had access to or were able to purchase a low cost computer to bridge the digital divide.

With ever growing digital expectations, it is hard to know what the future will hold for future generations in terms of the digital divide. Through cohesion with all the drivers of our digital world, hopefully we will see a reduction in the in the future.

Related Links

one laptop per child

Addressing the Digital Divide in Rural Australia


Howell, J (2012). Teaching with ICT.

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network. (2010). The Digital Divide [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doVVEcidowU
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ITC: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne: Vic, Australia: Oxford University Press
One Laptop Per Child. (n.d). Mission. Retrieved from http://one.laptop.org/about/mission
Friend, L. (2014). Digital Divide Piktochart. Retrieved from https://magic.piktochart.com/infographics

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