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Latin America: Introduction to Comparative Measurements in Geography
Transcript of Latin America: Introduction to Comparative Measurements in Geography
Is there a digital divide?
In 2004, the developing world had 4 times fewer fixed telephones than the developed world.
In 2004, the developing world had 4 times fewer mobile subscribers per 100 people than the developed world.
In 2004, the developed world still had 8 times the Internet user penetration rate of the developing world.
Discrepancies in international Internet bandwidth - the critical infrastructure that dictates the speed at which websites in other countries can be accessed:
**Tiny Denmark has more than twice the international Internet bandwidth that the whole of Latin American and the Caribbean combined.
Latin American examples
Around the world examples: 2004
There are more than 8 times as many Internet users in the US than on the entire African continent.
The entire African continent - home to over 50 countries - has fewer Internet users than France alone.
In 2004, less than 3 out of every 100 Africans use the Internet, compared with an average of 1 out of every 2 inhabitants of the G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US).
There are still 30 countries with an Internet penetration of less than 1%.
Gross Domestic Product
Infant mortality rate
Human Development Index
Will smart phones eliminate the digital divide?
Within five years, every K-12 student in America will be using a mobile handheld device as a part of learning, according to Elliot Soloway, a professor at the University of Michigan.
"Everywhere, all the time learning."
Agree or disagree??
the value, expressed in dollars, of all final goods
and services produced in a year
per capita= per person
or $$ of goods/population
comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide
developed by the United Nations
1.0=highest and .3 or less lowest
very high human development
high human development
medium human development
low human development
designed in an attempt to define an indicator that measures quality of life or social progress in more holistic and psychological terms than only the economic indicator of gross domestic product
Birth Rate/death Rate
Started with Bhutan
meant to deal with flaws in GDP
measuring feelings of citizens
What Is Happiness?
Gross National Happiness
measures of comparison
...Geographic measurements that is!
Other measures of comparison