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ELNM Topic 7: The Digital Divide

To Do

  • Investigate and describe (in your blog) an illustrative case of digital divide in your country
  • Analyse and describe (in your blog) Internet availability in your country. How big is the availability difference for urban and rural regions? Do you consider this a problem?

Investigate and describe (in your blog) an illustrative case of digital divide in your country

I think in Estonia there are not digital divides very much. If somebody wants to use digital services and new technologies he/she can do it. We have quite good physical access to internet because most of people have computer or opportunity to use it: richer people exchange their tools for better and give old away (e.g children to their parents). The technology is not  too expensive any more generally, I think, except for school  unfortunately. We don’t have gender disparity using new technologies, too.
Maybe there is an age disparity because elder people don’t sometimes know how to use computer or internet and they are slow. But they can learn it, we have courses to them and usually free. Another question is do they remember all they need. For example my mother has a computer, too, and uses it, but she is slow and forgets sometimes something.
About education: I am not sure there is a digital divide. Using internet and technologies does not depend on education – even little children can do it.
As regards rural vs urban divide maybe there can be little bit and the situation is worse at countryside.

Analyse and describe (in your blog) Internet availability in your country. How big is the availability difference for urban and rural regions? Do you consider this a problem?

In Estonia internet is available almost everywhere. Internet is like human right, we are joking among trainers of Tiger’s Leap foundation. But if there are too many internet users, internet may go away. As we have so-called Internet stick there are no any problems.

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