Both sides of the digital divide

One of the things that worries me when considering the digital revolution is the ever growing reality of the digital divide. This not simply the digital haves and have nots. This is reality of what happens when companies, governments and educational systems fall too far behind. The cost of catching up can be greater than the cost of keeping up by a factor of 2. 
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Scott Andersen
11 months ago

2 answers


Scott. I'm wondering if you have more specific examples? There is always some degree of gap between early and late adopters, which can be for good reasons. It's hard to agree, disagree or suggest solutions at this very high level?

Alan Arnett
11 months ago
Alan, I suspect there are many examples we can pull. The easy example right now is the reality of who has smart phones and who does not. With the looming threat of removing Net Neutrality those who rely on their smart phones (as their only connection to the internet) with either pay a lot more (and they cannot afford that, or they will have to suffer many more ads for the same service, - Scott 11 months ago

You cannot avoid catching up, if certain bodies choose not to there will be a breaking point, people will suffer the consiciences, the cost they have to catch up does not bother me, the cost on everyone else of them not catching up is what bothers me.

Chris Allen
11 months ago
That is the tip of the spear and the reality of the problem, What happens when people cannot afford to catch up? - Scott 11 months ago
Depends on the organisation I guess, i.e. governmental, healthcare or public sector will gain funding some how to undertake the catch up as they are required by said country to exist, other businesses that are not under that remit with no "public responsibility for the people living in said country" will either go under or get bought out I would imagine. It's a big question. - Chris 11 months ago

Have some input?