February 5, 2014
The talk of smart and technology growth is in deed advancing. In analyzing the current state of technology the results show a digital divide that is growing. The impact is unsustainable and reduces the potential for innovation.
The news that those with income of $30K, only 54% have access to broad band. Those under $20K have no access to the internet. The nexuses between economics, technology and education reveals an interesting look at who has access to information.
In my teaching experience a student presented their theory of technology ownership. He being age of 20 states, everyone has technology. At this time the ratio was 100:1. Out every 100, 1 person had technology.
The information further reveals in the “How To Bridge The Racial Tech Gap” the Pew Research Center found that only 80 percent of African-Americans are Internet users compared with 87 percent of whites.
Further, “while that might not seem like a big difference, there is growing concern that this gap, which is even bigger when it comes to access to high-speed broadband at home, still puts African-Americans at a disadvantage. We’ve been particularly interested in growing the African-American and Latino presence in the so-called STEM fields.”
The divide is economic based which aligns with race. The emergence of this divide can only be reduced by support. “President Obama on Tuesday announced that technology companies had pledged $750 million in equipment and services that would help connect students to the Internet.”
“USA Today reports: “Money from Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and other companies, combined with $2 billion from the Federal Communications Commission, will help connect up to 15,000 schools and 20 million students. These businesses’ want educated customers,’ Obama told students and faculty at a Maryland high school that provides students with iPads. ‘They want customers who are able to get good jobs, who are going to be using these tools in the future.”
The internet and broad band gap will take its toll on a sustainable economy that is fused with educated society. The gap in technology is a torrent to lack of competition.