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The digital divide in Mongolia

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Louis Chislett

on 10 June 2014

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The digital divide is a social and economic gulf which exists between those who have access to the internet/technology and those who don't. It usually exists between people of different countries, however studies have shown that it also exists between race, gender and education. This means that some people are more likely to use the internet for work related use, and thus achieve more in life. Furthermore, in this modern age people who do not have access to communications technology are often isolated from society.
While it looks peaceful, the digital divide makes life much harder for this merchant
What is the digital divide?
Many people in Mongolia do not have access to a laptop
The digital divide exists in Mongolia due to the existing socio-economic frames of mind that much of the population possesses.
This means that much of the population has an inherent distrust of technology, and therefore are less willing to use it in situations where it is required. The population of Mongolia is one that never witnessed television or radio technology on a mass market scale, and therefore find it harder to adjust to the thought of using the internet.
Moreover, the extreme poverty that exists within Mongolia means that many people cannot afford the privalage of using the internet. Combine this with the fact that there are many isolated areas in the country, and you have the digital divide.
The case in Mongolia
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In Conclusion, it can be seen that the digital divide is a growing problem in Mongolia, and not one that will be easily solved anytime soon.
As the developed world progresses into a new age where technology is the driving force behind the economy and social interaction, Mongolia faces a serious problem in terms of keeping up.
The stock exchange is undergoing a period of stagnation in Mongolia
For many years, Mongolia has been stuck in a period of economic stagnation. This is due to the fact that many of the senior government officials due not have the knowledge required to use communications technology. This is coupled with the fact that there is less of a stock exchange in Mongolia, an aspect of society which requires a heavy use of up to date communications technology, something which Mongolia does not possess.
Mongolia also has a very agriculturally based economy, Farmers in Mongolia do not have access to the latest technology in farming, and can therefore not produce as high a yield on their crops a farmers in neighboring China
What the digital divide means for Mongolia
The digital divide in Mongolia
Why is it present and what can we do to stop it?
Close the Gap organization
One problem that exists in Mongolia is that the internet is not available everywhere. I would provide satellite broadband, which would provide a bandwidth of at least 5MB to a large geographical area (e.g. Mongolia). This is much cheaper than the cost of laying down cables across the whole country.
I would also use the Close the Gap organization, whose aim is to provide laptops to economically challenged people throughout the world, donated by large companies or even individuals. This, in my view would be the best way to provide the technology needed to access the internet, because the internet without technology is useless.
What I would do
What is actually being done
The World Wide Web
In terms of an actual solution to the problem, not a whole lot is being done. The UN has been working with Mongolia to provide senior government officials with training on how to use technology, however that does not remotely affect the wider population, or the bigger problem.
The "Ruckus Smart Wifi" has also taken steps to stop the digital divide in Mongolia, providing high speed broadband to large areas. However, most of the population is not in possession of the technology needed to access the internet.
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