The development. While this divide may seem hard to

The Digital Divide that can be seen by comparing
the lack of developing nation’s technology compared to those of a developed
nation is a problem that needs to be faced as the world continues to globalize.
A lack of resources is not the only contributing factor to the digital divide,
lower literacy rates and a lack of technological expertise are also hindrances
to a country’s development. While this divide may seem hard to overcome, with
the proper resources and steps taken it can be possible for developing nations
to begin being players on the global technological scene.

            The
first step to bridging the digital divide is to improve literacy rates in
developing nations. This means not only the ability to read and write, but also
the ability to use digital technology. If classes are begun at a young age, and
open to both young boys and girls, a community may be able to raise a new
generation of digitally literate teens. Unfortunately, many children,
especially young girls, drop out or do not attend schooling, leaving them
without the tools that they would have been given. On top of that, many of the
schools that are available lack the technological resources or teachers needed
to educate the children. One solution to this would be the creation of
educational facilities, but another problem that surfaces with the rise of the
facilities is the lack of educated persons who would become the teachers of
these classes.

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            The
issue of gender based inequality in the school systems of developing nations
cannot be overlooked. While many children do not receive a proper education,
young girls are at even more of a disadvantage. Without the same education as
young boys, these girls fall even further behind in terms of digital literacy,
meaning that the divide is even larger for them to bridge over. Because of this
a new system needs to be put in place that will benefit young girls
specifically, and work to change the current mindset that believes that
education is not for everyone.

            Access
to the Internet and digital literacy are quickly becoming basic human rights in
the modern and digital world, but with those rights there also need to be
protections. Internet freedom is the foundation of information equality, and
without it a person is robbed of their rights. To combat the dangers in
internet inequality the United States proposes that stronger legislation be
passed. Whether it is domestic or international, legislations will allow for a
perpetrator or criminal to be held accountable for their wrong doings, and in
term protect the people from cyber-attack. In the modern world new dangers have
surfaced online, often creating complex problems that seem difficult to solve,
but with the cooperation of many nations, international legislation can be
passed that will protect all countries from these dangers.

            While
the United States can often seem to be a forerunner in the effort to bridge the
digital divide, the country has its own divide within its borders. It is
estimated about a quarter of the US population is without internet connection
fast enough to load a video, and many simply are not willing to pay the
increasing price of broadband. This is a problem that is seems mostly in rural
areas of the states that are often overlooked, many people simply assume the
opportunities are the same throughout all parts of the country, but that is
simply not the reality. While as many as 48 Senators signed a letter in the
past urging for broadband to be brought to every home, it seems as though no
work (or funds) are currently going to that effort. To combat this problem, the
delegation urges Congress to review and reconsider the Community Broadband
Bill.