Information technology and communication (ICT) is the subject of a more than abundant literature, and prompted the greatest hopes and greatest fears, and awakened the dreams of democratic ideals and fear of social control.
In the late 1970s, we saw a real boom of IT in developed countries. The popularity of the Internet, especially since 1994, when the Web was born, resulted in a profusion of writings on the subject, particularly as regards the implications of this "new" communications technology on society.
That's when several intergovernmental organizations met to discuss the social impact that could have the new information technologies on development. These are the reflections on the social impact of ICT on development that are behind the concept of the digital divide.
Indeed, intergovernmental organizations have realized that these new information technologies would be the source of differences between the development potential of populations and therefore show a gap between people with access to ICT and those without access.
Today, the digital divide has evolved. First, it was essentially based on access issues. We then distinguished two categories of people, those who possessed the information technology and those who do not possess.
Then, the digital divide has evolved and it became clear the difference between people who can use new information technologies and those not knowing. And finally, the quality of use also became a source of differences and inequalities.
The digital divide takes unfortunately still other inequalities. Indeed, according to several polls and in many other serious researches on the subject, conducted by UNESCO, the AWT, Statenbref, etc., the digital divide extends to the eye. There are quite general inequalities linked to geographical location between North and South, poor countries and rich countries, etc..
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[...] And finally, the quality of use also became a source of differences and inequalities. The digital divide resumed unfortunately other disparities, according to several surveys and according to much serious research on the subject, conducted by UNESCO, the AWT etc. The digital divide extends out of sight. There are quite general disparities related to the geographical location between North and the South, the poor countries and the rich countries, etc. Other differences are targeted more. It is then of differences and inequalities caused by cultural or social level. [...]
[...] 4 Editor of the Journal du Net, Over 64 million Europeans connected to the Internet fast, www.journaldunet.com, telecom, 18/09/2006 Uyanik, A. and BENDAÏMI, M., From Baby Boom boom py @ Brussels, ICHEC, Memory, 2006-2007 VALENDUC G. The appropriation of new technologies by older people, in Continuing Education Notes No April 2005, pp.1 VALENDUC G. VENDRAMIN & P., technology and gender, a recurring question, in The Letter Emerit - Mediation Experience and Evaluation in Research and Technological Innovation, Second Quarter 2007, p. [...]
[...] With respect to the use of communication, women proved to be more regular users than men. Also several photos turned out to be true such as the fact that women have less time, in private, to focus on ICT for cultural reasons. But this phenomenon would tend to apply more in developing countries than the developed countries Conclusion Information technology and communications are of growing importance in everyday life and work, but sometimes problems appear with respect to the digital divide. When we talk about digital divide we tend to regard it as unique. [...]
[...] The birth of the digital divide 1. Contextualization Information and communication technology (ICT) are subject to combination of wireless signals and software's and the systems which are associated to audio and video so that there can be a medium to store, use and change information. It in turn raises the hopes and greatest fears, arousing dreams of the democratic ideals and fear of the social control. By the late 1970s, we observed a real boom of information technology in the developed countries. [...]
[...] That is why the digital divide has become a concept and should not be neglected. It could grow and never be resolved Confrontation of issues With the second search of feature articles and we can summarize the outcome of these items: we were able to deepen and explore the different dimensions that took the digital divide around inequalities among women. Our problem was supported by various scientific studies. Women indeed fall under the less usage category of ICT. Indeed, whether abroad or in Belgium, women use less computer and Internet than men. [...]
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