Monday, 18 October 2004

Digital Divide

Graeme Daniel posted a long list on resources related to digital divide in this week's wwwtools.

One of the key power of e-Learning is based on the universal affordable availability of computing and communication power to the learners. Digital Divide is an impediment to our cause. As such, I feel it is important for us to have an understanding in this.

On the other hand, we must also acknowledge that inequality* is the norm of life, rather than exception. Digital divide will always exist. The question is what is the baseline connectivity, computing resource, cultural awareness and literacy that we can accept as the minimal requirement

  • for an individual to enjoy a reasonable modern life, and

  • for the society to function in harmony.

  • *even if everyone is connected and with computer at home, we still have inequality in terms of the differences in bandwidth computer power etc.

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