DeLeo: The Digital Divide

It makes you wonder if information technology has globalized at a rapid rate that it has tried to stabilize itself despite that some poor rural areas may have fallen through the cracks. In some rich communities, direct access to internet or other forms of e-Communication is readily available, while in some poor communities, under developed areas for technology has limited individual freedom. Some countries like India, Brazil, or China – rural areas are often neglected during the developmental stages of technology usage and urbanization, because areas that are more industrialized have greater exposure to technology. But are government entities responsible for the growth of information technology? If a country was more democratic, possibly low income regions would have greater access to technology and knowledge sharing. If a country was more totalitarian, it would continue to allow low income regions to be dependent on intermediary outlets like community radios or television.

If local communities had the benefit of education, this would certainly contribute to a higher level of technology, such as R & D or math and science. This would affect how the socioeconomic growth and political stability would develop. Public spending would be directed more towards education, thus creating a closing gab between the digital divide with rural areas.