On TED.com I came across a highly discussed topic which I gladly want to share with you!
In a world that is going trough a major digital revolution it may be hard to believe that a part of the world still doesn’t own a computer, let alone use the internet. And it’s not even a small part, it’s actually the majority of the world! 70 procent of the world population, that’s four times the population of India, doesn’t have acces to a computer or internet. This is called digital divide, the gap between individuals and communities that have acces to information technologies and those that don’t. The three most important reasons for not having digital acces:
- can’t afford it.
- don’t know how to use it.
- don’t know the benefits.
Internet is mostly used bij North-America and Europe. Therefore the technologically excluded part of the world is:
- less informed.
- less inspired.
- less responsible
Internet should not be a luxury, but a right. It’s a basic neccesity of the 21th century, a tool for change. These are the words of Aleph Molinari, creator of RIA, a Learning and Innovation Network. RIA has already 1650 computers, 140.000 users and 34.000 graduates. His goal is to provide spaces, connection, content and training wherever is needed in the world. With these centers a person can be digitally included within only 72 hours.
His vision is that technology is not going to save the world, we are and we can use technology to help us. ‘Let’s use human energy to make the world a better place!’
So, what do you think?