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Bridging the Digital Divide by yurtgc548

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									Bridging the Digital
Divide
Debaters: Dulcinea Hanuschak and Cesar
Aranguri
Supporters: Tiffany Elbert, Katherine
Healy, Elizabeth Lewis, Elisabeth Ris,
Evan Sherman
Our Stance
 Just as the industrial revolution created a
 new set of basic necessities (basic utilities
 etc), the technological revolution, the next
 step in society’s evolution, demands that
 society begin to bridge the digital divide in
 order to continue meeting the basic human
 right of communication for its citizens.
Underserved
 “We concentrate on groups who are "underserved" today
 in terms of access to computers and the Internet,
 including Americans who have low incomes, live in rural
 communities, [and /or] have limited education... Low-
 income is defined as having an annual family income of
 less than $14,150 for a family of three, the level used by
 the federal government to define poverty.” Bazzell, Imani,
 “Online Content for Low-Income and Underserved Americans: The Digital Divide’s
 New Frontier.” The Children’s Partnership. March 2000. March 24, 2004
 <http://www.childrenspartnership.org/pub/low_income/introduction.html#1>
Subsidized Service Includes:
1.   Computers
2.   Internet Service
     Provider
3.   Filter (optional:
     can download for
     free on the
     internet
Program Specifics
                  Computers will be
                   subsidized for
                   individuals
                  Computers will be
                   awarded to those who
                   qualify – food stamps,
                   disabilities, number of
                   children, etc.
Communication, achieved through
internet access, is a Human Right
 “The right to communicate is more fundamental
 than freedom of expression. Communication is a
 basic human need because it is a fundamental
 social process necessary for expression and all
 social organization. Information, thus, has a
 social function. It should not be viewed only as
 propaganda or a commodity, nor should it be
 controlled only by the power structures of the
 market or the state.” (McIver 2).
Communication, achieved through
internet access, is a Human Right
   Essential to fulfill other Human
    Rights
Communication, achieved through
internet access, is a Human Right
   Essential to fulfill other Human
    Rights
   Horizontal exchange of
    information – Medically related
    websites
Communication, achieved through
internet access, is a Human Right
   Essential to fulfill other Human
    Rights
   Horizontal exchange of
    information – Medically related
    websites
   Not just a “tool” for the wealthy,
    if subsidized it will be an
    essential part of everyone’s
    life, regardless of economic
    status
Communication, achieved through
internet access, is a Human Right
   Essential to fulfill other Human
    Rights
   Horizontal exchange of
    information – Medically related
    websites
   Not just a “tool” for the wealthy,
    if subsidized it will be an
    essential part of everyone’s
    life, regardless of economic
    status
   Communication Act of 1934 –
    Postal Service, Telephone
    System
Computers and Internet Access
Enhance Education
   More than eight out of ten teachers (84 percent)
    believe that computers and access to the
    Internet improve the quality of education,
    according to a survey by education technology
    nonprofit NetDay, and 75 percent of teachers
    said the Internet is an important tool for finding
    new resources to meet new standards. Pastor, Michael.
    “Teachers Say Internet Improves Quality of Education.” Clikz April 5, 2001
    March 23, 2004
    <http://www.clickz.com/stats/markets/education/article.php/734761>
Success Story: Computers and Our
Futures
   Program in California
   Sponsored by the
    Wellness Foundation
   Provides community
    technology centers to
    enhance computer
    technology, teach
    marketable skills and
    enhance job placement
    opportunities.
Benefits of Computer and Internet
Access
   Saves money normally spent updating
    textbooks
Benefits of Computer and Internet
Access
 Saves money normally spent updating
  textbooks
 Updated information and aids for teachers

								
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