Not quite the world wide web – a reflection

Reflecting on this topic, I can definitely call myself guilty of overlooking digital differences. Throughout this topic and the research I have conducted I have become a lot more grateful for the access I have to the internet and I am lucky that I do not experience any form of inequality due to my social characteristics.

Through commenting on Jeremy’s blog it made me aware that these digital inequalities will take a long time to become equalities and it’s certainly true that those from lower income households will always struggle to get access, as accessing the internet includes many expensive aspects, such as a computer, a reliable broadband connection, etc. 

Tewsdae and I had an interesting discussion in the comments on my blog post about the importance of understanding how digital differences and inequalities are the product of an intersection of different characteristics.

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Figure 1. Intersectionality of different social characteristics from the Acredited Times.

In response to my reporting of the statistic that 5.9 million UK adults had never used the internet she raised the question as to why this was apparent in such a developed area. I brought up an explanation as to why – linking it with the large number of homeless people, alongside low income playing a role and also an aging population all of which contribute. See the explanation below.

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Figure 2. Discussion with Tewsdae regarding why 5.9 million UK adults have never used the internet.

I found this article from The Guardian, arguing that access to the internet is almost inseparable from freedom of speech and should thus be considered a human right. I agree with this greatly as the internet provides so many opportunities for people, such as communicating, finding jobs, and in general broadening the knowledge of many individuals. Being prevented from this access is unfair and puts people at a disadvantage. Due to this it seems as though the government should prioritise making the internet accessible for all in society.


Word count: 300

 


Comments:

Jeremy’s blog

Xavier’s blog


References:

Wagner, A. (2018). Is internet access a human right? | Adam Wagner. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2012/jan/11/is-internet-access-a-human-right [Accessed 2 Mar. 2018].

Accredited-times.com. (2018). What Is Intersectionality?. [online] Available at: https://www.accredited-times.com/2017/06/30/what-is-intersectionality/ [Accessed 2 Mar. 2018].

 

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