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Digital Divide

14 May

Ever heard of “Digital Citizens”? Well, according to our favorite online encyclopedia, most probably YOU are one of them. In fact, so is the majority of the developed countries’ population.

And despite that it sounds kind of offensive to be called like that (since it reminds us of the negative connoted transparent one), there is just as much to this status as having access to and participating through Information Technology. Using a cell phone or having an E-mail would actually be enough to fulfill these criteria. (Not even mentioning the use of social networks, e-commerce or blogs.) And even though I find being connected pretty annoying at times, overall I really do appreciate the luxury of being able access this giant resource of data, knowledge and nonsense called internet. After all today’s economy is commonly described as knowledge-based, this gives those who have access to information an important (potential) advantage. Continue reading