Virus hastens bid to bridge digital
INEQUALITIES have existed in different facets of life through the ages. Humans, in fact, are divided into different economic groups: The poor, the middle class and the rich, and all the other subgroups in the spectrum.
But one thing is certain, at least for the United Nations—the Internet is the greatest equalizer in the world today. Between free access to data and various paid services, the Internet allows anyone to “seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds instantaneously and inexpensively across national borders.”
The Internet allows anyone—be he a poor man without a proper shelter or a wealthy socialite who goes dancing every night—to gain almost equal access to almost everything.
However, despite the Internet’s power of inclusion, there exists a so-called digital divide that has become more pronounced than ever, as the world turns to the Internet to find solace, social interaction and productivity amid the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak.
Posted on April 17, 2020