The Digital Divide

The internet has been playing a vital role throughout the years it’s been active. Technology has given every person, organization, and country the advantage of being able to communicate with an outside audience in the hopes of improving international standards and affairs. This form of universal communication has given people the access to explore beyond their front door. Of course, to be able to explore the digital world, every person needs to have access to a computer and, most importantly, internet connection. Unfortunately, even though many of us automatically believe that the majority of the world has access to both of these things, there are actually a number of people who do not have access to them.

The people that do and do not have access can be categorized into the “haves” and “have nots”. This digital divide has been an ongoing problem for many years and our digital society is one of the main reasons for why this gap has not closed. Technology has been gaining much more importance with the way businesses, governments and personal transactions are made and sent. The same way that there have been a number of social advancements, there have also been social setbacks especially with those people who are the “have nots” within the digital divide. A number of minority groups fall into this category based on education, race and gender, age, and location. This divide is quite large and not many people know about it. The question at hand is where do we go from here knowing all of this information and why is it that we are still battling this digital divide? It is not enough to just have basic access nowadays. The “basic” we all know requires having the latest form of technology, and the latest is at most two years old, so the “have nots” continue to lose their chances of having the opportunity to cross the divide and for the gap to slowly close.

The Missing Link has established that not much has been done in regards to the developing worlds. They are the ones with the biggest problems and they are being skipped over by many. Even though a number of discrepancies have been dealt with, many still continue to arise and there still has not been a way to deal with all of the issues and to stop them from arising. Every country has the right to develop and be able to achieve their full potential. As every nation begins to advance politically, economically and technologically, people will begin to gain the basic access they need to slowly close the digital divide that exists.