The digital divide is the divide between those who have access to and without information technology. However, there are several distinction between cultures, ethnic groups, economic groups and age groups (Ohemeng & Ofosu-Adarkwa, 2014). When others gain more access to the technology, other groups fall farther behind. The digital divide prevents some businesses from binding the advantages that IT can offer. In this setting, actions to substitute physical access to the internet remain to be indispensable, but they are not sufficient to ensure a truly inclusive information society. Therefore, a focused leadership is needed at the international and local levels, to ensure more coordinated efforts among governments, local authorities and those at the ground. In this realm, the paper aims at pinpointing some of the ways through which digital divide are controlled for the technology to penetrate in all parts of the globe.
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Corruption act as an obstacle that delays in service delivery. Similarly, lack of public sector accountability is also another great factor affecting the proper and equal distribution of the service. Because of these, some areas have remained without getting the service as opposed to other areas particularly the Internet and cell or mobile phones (Gray, Gainous & Wagner, 2017). Consequently, governments in these countries continue to expand many of their meager resources on ensuring the effective development and use of ICTs. In spite of this, a major problem that these countries face is what has been explained as the digital divide.
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When discussing solutions to the divide, many focus solely on increasing technology literacy (Grant & Eynon, 2017). Technology skills, of course, are imperative for anyone who wishes to take advantage of the Net, but one cannot instigate in building such skills if basic literacy is not mastered. Much that the government can do is to subsidized Internet access for low-income families. Apparently, non-commercial community networks are some of the methods that are implemented across the U.S. to lessen the divide. It has greatly improved most of the states and presently, nearly every part of the United States access internet (Shenglin, Simonelli, Ruidong, Bosc & Wenwei, 2017). It is important to understand that as the technology increase, many factors have led to the digital divide. As a society, a comprehensive strategy is needed to establish a firm distribution of internet in every part of the world.
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Similarly, when the market does not produce enough content for a particular nation, members of that population should be able to establish online spaces with their community interests in mind (Sung, 2016). A good example is realized with the Scores of community networks like the Austin Free-Net in Texas, and Davis Community Network in California have pioneered non-commercial, local, online content. Because of this creativity, the two states have made great milestone as far as technology is concerned. Communities should utilize this opportunity, and become producers of content who is relevant to their cultures and needs. By so doing, they become independent in their own way without necessarily depending on the provision of the market.
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Only if we develop a comprehensive digital divide strategy will we be able to make a real difference. The government should be ready to utilize all the resources available to ensure all parts are well connected. In so doing, there will be the proper and easy way of communication since everyone will be at apposition of accessing the internet. Moreover, there will be more and advance technical skills in doing most of the jobs. Education will be easily acquired since scholars will be in a position of carrying out their research without any infringement. As a community, we should come up strongly and apply the methods that can help overcome the digital divide for all parts of the globe to be fully industrialized.
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