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Resolving to Close the Digital Divide

on Thu May 24, 2018 8:30 pm
In November 1999, the National Communication Association (NCA)—the largest organization of communication academics in the United States—drafted and approved a Resolution on the Digital Divide. As one of only three recognized Resolutions in the organization’s history, this was seen as an important step in the increasing importance of the issue at hand: more and more Americans were finding themselves divided by technology access—those who could afford digital content were enjoying the benefits of the emerging information economy far more than those without digital access. The original resolution called for greater awareness as to issues of technology access—the “economic divide” specified by Nielsen. However, and as Nielsen specified in his own writings, members of the NCA recognized that there was more to closing the digital divide than merely giving people computers and plugging them into the internet. After deliberating, in November 2013 (in Washington, DC) the NCA approved the following amendments to the Resolution on the Digital Divide:

 
   “The National Communication Association (NCA) reaffirms its commitment to urge the development of free and low-cost ways of accessing the means for processing and distributing information in electronic forms. Moreover, NCA continues to urge the development of communication technologies that require minimal training but that still allow wide use of worldwide electronic resources. Additionally, as electronic resources continue to become increasingly demanding in terms of bandwidth, NCA asks that service providers ensure connection speeds necessary to competently utilize said resources. Moreover, while many argue that economic barriers to technology have been greatly reduced, technology and information literacy barriers must be addressed with equal attention so that those with access to technology are able to use it effectively. Given these commitments, NCA resolves to take a leadership role in closing the Digital Divide through scholarship highlighting access, usability, and empowerment issues. NCA officers and staff will support legislation aimed at providing universal access to electronic means of communication. NCA will work with other organizations to ensure that communities in the U.S. and elsewhere have adequate electronic communication resources available to all. NCA members have a responsibility to increase awareness of the Digital Divide as a comprehensive social issue that considers socio-economic as well as literacy and empowerment dimensions. NCA urges its members to take an active role in increasing awareness of the Digital Divide through research, education, incorporating material on this problem into courses, through community consultation and education, and by advocating for appropriate policies at all levels of government, as well as supporting the production and distribution of open source software, as well as continued education on using said software.”

Reviewing the new resolution, what elements of the digital divide to you see covered? Are there aspects of the resolution that do not address the digital divide?

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Re: Resolving to Close the Digital Divide

on Fri May 25, 2018 10:11 pm
The NCA had set out to overcome the problems that computers had brought unto the public; not being able to afford a computer, software and universal access to it were just a couple of the issues that were being covered. I do remember in the late 90's early 2000's computers weren't as accessible as they are now, if one needed a computer and couldn't afford it then there were other options such as libraries, and computer cafes. Now I see that the NCA was behind a lot of the change that came during the mid 2000's, when more of the public had the chance of using this incredible technology. The elements of the digital divide that I see covered are the development of low cost ways of processing and distributing information. The developmental of technology that didn't require knowledge of computers, and that organizations and communities had a adequate communication resources were other elements that were covered. The NCA was very adamant on changing and getting rid of the digital divide and allowing more people to have access to the technology that was around them, the movement just really needed a helping hand. I don't see any aspects of the resolution that don't dress the digital divide, "NCA urges its members to take an active role in increasing awareness of the Digital Divide through research, education, incorporating material on this problem into courses, through community consultation and education, and by advocating for appropriate policies at all levels of government, as well as supporting the production and distribution of open source software, as well as continued education on using said software." Is one part of the resolution that hits all the problem areas in which it would help to be rid of the divide.
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Re: Resolving to Close the Digital Divide

on Thu May 31, 2018 12:30 pm
The digital divide has been closed greatly thanks in part to this statement. Although I don't remember a time without computers and smartphones, my parents have told stories about being introduced to the technology. They describe how they were taught in schools how to use the new technology, and how parents and community members could come to the school to learn how to use computers. They also described how computers use to cost a lot of money, but eventually this led to the mass production of them , allowing them to become cheaper and more easily accessible. I believe this resolution covered all the basics of the digital divide and is one of the main reason the divide has closed so much.
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The Resolution of the the digital Divide

on Thu May 31, 2018 6:08 pm
The resolution of the digital divide covered are variety of ways to make sure that everyone has the same opportunity when it comes to technology. The resolution covered a vast amount of solutions. For Example: “The National Communication Association (NCA) reaffirms its commitment to urge the development of free and low-cost ways of accessing the means for processing and distributing information in electronic forms. Moreover, NCA continues to urge the development of communication technologies that require minimal training but that still allow wide use of worldwide electronic resources." (GradeCraft) it covered the fact they the NCA wants to increase awareness of the Digital Divide through research, education, incorporating material on this problem into courses, through community consultation and education, and by advocating for appropriate policies at all levels of government, as well as supporting the production and distribution of open source software, as well as continued education on using said software.

I believe the resolution was missing out on the fact that we need to just put regulations that make it illegal for people not to have good internet and other technologies that are essential to completing civil duties.
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Digital Divided

on Thu May 31, 2018 11:47 pm
The NCA drafted resolution to close the digital divide is a nice notion, but it can’t be done. Governments control the media and the information disseminated to their citizen. America started the communication highway with the telephone, which lead to a telephone company. We were able to talk to each other across the country. Countries around the world could get this simple technology if their governments permit. Not all countries think like us, and they might want to keep their citizens from communicating with each other or any one else. Nothing to do with the cost of the technology. So the notion that communication and the tools and technological systems that we enjoy should be worldwide is nice but unrealistic in today’s world
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Divide Closing?

on Sat Jun 02, 2018 11:37 am
connollya3 wrote:The digital divide has been closed greatly thanks in part to this statement. Although I don't remember a time without computers and smartphones, my parents have told stories about being introduced to the technology. They describe how they were taught in schools how to use the new technology, and how parents and community members could come to the school to learn how to use computers. They also described how computers use to cost a lot of money, but eventually this led to the mass production of them , allowing them to become cheaper and more easily accessible.  I believe this resolution covered all the basics of the digital divide and is one of the main reason the divide has closed so much.

I can't say that I agree that the divide has closed greatly. In some ways it's become more pronounced. Consider that the "high end", smartest phones are now priced more than a laptop computer. For example, $1000 for an IPhone X excludes many people from getting that tech. Contracts that make those "affordable" lock individuals in to contracts that wind up costing more in the end. Considering Maslow's hierarchy of needs, people will use their money for food and a home before committing to that technology. Shifting to television for a moment, the rise of subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime make programming exclusive...as opposed to broadcast television and PBS which don't require fees to view. With lack of support of Net Neutrality legislation, all of this will become worse as internet providers can choke off access to those who can't pay. The fact remains, that if you're poor or on a tight budget, you're effectively denied access...and this will be increasingly true if we continue down this path.

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Digital Divide

on Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:41 am
Hi,
When thinking of digital divide I think of who can access the internet and who can not. Even though the internet has been around since the 1990's it is referred mostly by the way we access the web mainly by speed and quality. In an article entitled "Who should close the digital divide by Cornell Chronicle," the study shows that different socio-economic groups use the internet differently. For example, the article states that richer people use it for capital enhancement while less rich people use it to games, gambling, and recreation. As we can see the digital divide separates and traps the poor.
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