have you ever thought about what its like for those people you may know who don’t have internet at their houses? strange, huh? totally different world. what about people in africa, who don’t even have calculators? what about back in the early ’90s (i know, eons ago), when no one had the internet or desktops (who has a desktop these days?)
here in the US of A, we have the right to assemble (like at parties and protests), but do we have the basic, human right to connect and assemble on the internet? is that even a basic right?
the internet, computers, and software have allowed us so much (like this blog post here), which creates a massive divide between those that have it, and those that don’t: like the divide between those w/ a college degree, and those without one, or the divide between the first world and the third world, industrial countries and non-industrial ones.
what’s important, is that if there is a third world, and a first world which is immeasurably better and freer, then there is also a world cut off from the internet, and one that isn’t, which is immeasurably better and freer, as well
and even if you are like me, and live in the first world, with daily and continual internet access, you might be which is immeasurably worse off and less free than another group that is pulling ahead of you (or i would argue, 2): and that is the people who MAKE the internet, as opposed to the rest who only read or don’t understand: the bloggers, the programmers, and the website architects.
does it really matter if you’re a dictator in the middle east, when many millions more are watching some 12-year-olds tweeting in real-time?
wiki on the digital divide - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_divide
more areas for further research - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_citizen,
btw, world information society day is may 17 (a day created by the UN to foster digital citizenship)