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One Laptop Per Child
Transcript of One Laptop Per Child
The digital divide is a gap between people who have access and resources to modern day technology to use communication tools and access new information around the world, like the internet, and people who do not have this accessibility. The "Digital Divide" also refers to the growing gap between the underprivileged members of society, especially the poor, rural, elderly, and handicapped portion of the population who do not have access to computers or the internet; and the wealthy, middle-class, and young adults living in urban and suburban areas who have this access. For the people on the less fortunate side of the Digital Divide, they have no access to anything outside their region. This can make it harder for them to make money, for they have no way to contact people, making it harder to sell and buy products. It is also affecting their education. The people who do not have access to technology may not even know that there are other places in this world with other governments than just their own. They wouldn't know about what current events that are happening around the world. They are isolated in their own bubble without choice, where we are communicating and connecting with people all around the world. One Laptop Per Child has been donating their signature laptops to entire classrooms or schools to provide the children with a learning opportunity. They have five principles to their mission; the kids get to keep the laptops, they focus on early education (around ages 6-12), nobody gets left out, connected to the internet, free to grow and adapt. These laptops don’t need to be plugged into an outlet for an energy source, they can receive their charge from other sources, such as the sun. These laptops are low-cost and require low-power. There are many programs trying to close the digital divide like FOSS, DDN and WSIS. FOSS or Free and Open Source Software is used by some countries so that people can update their software free and change it whenever they want. It is closing the digital divide because it allows people to modify their software to his or personal needs. The WSIS or World Summit on the Information Society aims to connect the 3rd world countries to the richer countries by trying to spread access to the internet into the developing world. The DDN or Digital Divide Network is a Website for organizations that want to share news, research and other resources to help bridge the digital divide. One Laptop Per Child is helping bridge the digital divide. It is helping balance out the line dividing the people who have access to modern day technology and and people who don't. Now people in places like Africa have the chance to receive laptops that compliment their needs. These kids now have the chance to learn about technology. Globalization We did not agree with Bill Gates’ statement. He’s saying that we are patronizing the kids by not providing them with better quality laptops, but we do not agree. In our minds, we thought that young elementary school or middle school kids receiving high tech, expensive laptops with large storage capacities was unnecessary. They need specialized laptops with other ways to receive their charge, like the sun, and with different ways to connect to the internet without a Wi-Fi connection, and these laptops provide those specific needs. We also thought that a laptop was better than no laptop. Lots of people are saying that we should be focusing on their physical needs rather than laptops, but as One Laptop Per Child says: If you replace ‘laptop’ with ‘education’, then it makes more sense. They are providing the kids with an education which is giving them the potential to pursue things in their life and potentially support themselves better. Once they are out of their parents’ houses, they are going to need to support themselves somehow and having the education that they are now receiving could be really beneficial to them. Any country that can't afford to be constantly modernizing their form of communication gets put on the other side of the digital divide and with globalization happening at a rapid pace the world is becoming more connected with media. The more media and technology spreads and grows over the world the more the digital divide closes. We have more knowledge about other countries now that globalization has improved our communication, media, trade and transport. And to improve those things, poorer countries are forced to keep up with some of the technology. When 3rd world countries get help from organizations such as One Lap Top per child it helps their technology develop and therefore closing the digital divide. Globalization brings transparency to governments and authorities in foreign countries it improves the relationship building between countries. Globalization forces countries to keep up digitally and that in itself is helping close the digital divide.