Nine digital divide truths by the Digital Divide Institute
Ten years of efforts to reduce the Divide taught some lessons incorporated into the model being developed in Indonesia by DigitalDivide.org and its partners.
Craig Warren Smith, Founder of the Digital Divide Institute, has written about the lessons learned in ten years of efforts to reduce the Divide with DigitalDivide.org, the site of Digital Divide Institute (DDI), which formulates innovations to enhance social, environmental, cultural and human impacts of the internet as it spreads towards remote regions of the planet.
These are the nine truths:
- Truth Number One: the divide is widening, not narrowing, and at an ever-increasing rate.
- Truth Number Two: closing the digital divide may be the only way to make globalization work for the poor.
- Truth Number Three: the consequence of not closing the divide is terrorism.
- Truth Number Four: closing the digital divide is fundamentally about empowerment, that is, it is about using new technologies to empower the poor just as they now empower the rich.
- Truth Number Five: closing the digital divide is the only way to sustain the growth of world markets.
- Truth Number Six: world leaders from every sector — business, government, academia, NGOs — can benefit from closing the divide. Yet no one sector has the incentives to lead the effort to close the divide.
- Truth Number Seven: closing the digital divide requires building an “enterprise ecosystem” that offers “end to end solutions” for the poor.
- Truth Number Eight: the midlevel countries in relatively advanced emerging markets, not the poorest countries, are the best settings for experimental efforts to close the digital divide.
- Truth Number Nine: closing the digital divide involves using new technologies to formalize the “informal economy,” thereby bringing the poor into established markets.
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