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June 03, 2005

Where is the digital divide?

Stephen Baker

Remember all the talk about the digital divide? Paul Lamb makes a solid case that it's still a problem. Two other problematic digital divides are those between advanced countries and laggards in broadband and wireless. On both counts, the U.S. is on the wrong side. The risk? Slower U.S. tech innovation and slippage in tech leadership.

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The Digital Divide

The connection to Paul Lamb's post about the Digital Divide is timely and extremely important. I want to emphasize an important aspect of the discussion, so I quote Paul:

>>Third, let's make sure the technology industry itself is a full participant in broadening the scope and usage of technology in socially beneficial ways.>Can we get over this already? In every society, in every culture, there are the haves and the have nots.>My experiences there have turned me off to these "digital divide" gap arguments.>People in North America earn their "digital Divide" and I won't listen to a word, otherwise.<<

The point?? An excellent article followed by three negative comments. I don't know about anyone other than myself; however, thinking back over my extended life, I can't recall one single instance of my earning any advance without the assistance of someone else. Parents, teachers, professors, employers, bosses, friends, children, etc, etc.

And I must assume that others have had similar experiences - so where do all these technologically elite come off with the attitudes expressed above. Paul's third point above means that we, in the technology industry must change our attitude. We, are the ones that must extend a helping hand to the so-called have nots.

BTW, Stephen and Heather, Blogging is the epitome of anti-have not activity because of it's "king-of-the-hill" nature, a subject that I am trying to explore with my blog - http://ifihadmyway.com.

Doug

Posted by: Doug Skoglund at June 4, 2005 12:25 AM


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