Is the digital divide an issue of social equity?

Is the digital divide an issue of social equity?

Blog Blog Posts Resources Photography Instagram Surfing Instagram The Digital Divide   We live in a world where demographics and regions have unequal accessibility and use of modern technologies. This socio-economic gap is called the digital divide (Rouse, 2014). Despite the increasing connectivity providing more people with more opportunities, it still comes at a cost. As technologies continue to evolve rapidly, the balance of power is shifting to those who can afford it, helping the rich get richer, and widening the economic gap for inequality. Over time the divide has continued to grow, and will continue to grow unless there is an intervention to mitigate and reverse the rift. This discussion reflects on the ever evolving of technology in the world economy, and how the progression of connectivity and knowledge is causing the oppression and less fortuity of the minority. Vast wealth can now be created by fewer and more knowledgeable workers (The Economist, 2014). The development of digital technology has led to the creating of many new jobs, however the endangerment of many others. Lack of knowledge and skills in IT are putting certain demographics at a disadvantage. The laborious skills of workers are now becoming out of date. IT gurus such as software developers and computing technicians are continuously developing software and technology to replaced physical actions, from driving to digging, the actions of a few are taking over the jobs many (Barn, 2012). As unemployment rises, the affordability of the benefits of digital connectivity diminishes. The digitally enabled are becoming more digitally enabled at an accelerated rate, and the unconnected countries and individuals are being left behind (Pepper, 2015)....
Socio-economic impacts of ICT

Socio-economic impacts of ICT

Blog Blog Posts Resources Photography Instagram Surfing Instagram The impact of Information and Communication Technology upon business, society and culture in my lifetime and why ICT professionals are critical for developing ethical practices in the future.   Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an enabler of change (ESCWA, 2014), and in less than a lifetime it’s ubiquitous manifestation has seen it woven into the fabric day to day life. An intertwining of such magnitude, has seen significant impacts on the societal, cultural and business elements of life. With the potential to achieve greater heights, also comes the potential succumb to greater falls, and thus the development of ethical practices by ICT professionals will see a role of great importance in the future to come. This discussion reflects on the ever evolving roles of technology in business and society, how the progression of our interconnectivity and globalisation is causing the oppression and dissipation of the minority, and the potential ramifications of change that needs to be considered.   Impacts on Business   Technology has become a driving force for businesses of the modern world (The World Bank Group, 2016). The evolution and integration of ICT has reached the very core of organisations. Reshaping the many aspects at a microeconomic level and revolutionising the world on a macroeconomic scale (LIFE, 2016). The past few decades have seen life redesigned across all dimensions due to the side effects of multidisciplinary information and communication technologies (FAS, 2016). Advances in ICT has played a momentous role in globalisation, removing the restrictions of borders and physical access, allowing the world stay more closely connected and informed than ever (RAE,...
3 Most Common Web Hosts for Australia Compared

3 Most Common Web Hosts for Australia Compared

Blog Blog Posts Resources Photography Instagram Surfing Instagram Website Hosting   Service ProvidersCheapest Monthly Plans as at May 2015   Go Daddy Bluehost Crazy Domains Monthly Cost $7.99 $5.99 $3.49 Storage Space 100GB 100GB 150GB Websites 1 1 1 Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Reliability 99.9% Uptime Guarantee 99.9% Uptime Guarantee 99.9% Uptime Guarantee Software Offered Drupal, Megneto, phpbb, PHP 5, Perl, Python, CGI, ASP CGI-BIN, CGI Library, PHP 5, Perl 5, Python, ASP PHP, Perl, Sendmail, Ruby, Ajax, ASP   Summary and Recommendations If you are thinking of building a website or having one built, and you are looking to host and manage it yourself, this brief summary will discuss and compare a few of the known web hosting providers. The table above summarises the some of the basic information about the cheapest web hosting options provided by Go Daddy, Bluehost, and Crazy Domains. For the most part, the data collected demonstrates that the features available on the cheapest hosting plans are quite similar, with minor differences in software and code support. However, Crazy Domains, who also offer the cheapest option, offer the highest storage capacity, 50GB higher than the others. Although these service providers are all offering shared hosting packages, it doesn’t mean they are all identical. They are differentiated by their RAM, CPU power, databases and other speciality features. However, in the case of these low range plans, if you are only looking for a way to get your simple information based website onto the internet, any of these would probably do the job, and you might as well go with one of the cheaper options. These...
Issues in Web Development

Issues in Web Development

Blog Blog Posts Resources Photography Instagram Surfing Instagram Issues in Web Development   Building a website to be functional is only one aspect of web development. Great care and consideration needs to go into examining the security, copyright, privacy, ethical, legal and cultural issues. These factors can largely impact the suitability of the material we use and how we present it. Even while developing this digital portfolio I encountered some of these issues and had to make adjustments to some of my material before finishing.   Copyright/Intellectual Property: “The moment an idea or creative concept is documented, on paper or electronically, it is automatically protected by copyright” In order to comply with copyright and privacy laws, I had to ensure that all of the images that I had used on my sites were owned by myself. If they weren’t, I either had to ensure that I had the appropriate permission to use them, or replace them with material I did have permission to use. Copyright IP Australia. 2015. Copyright IP Australia. [ONLINE]   Security/Privacy: “Requires an APP entity to take active measures to ensure the security of personal information it holds, and to actively consider whether it is permitted to retain personal information.” When writing the content, for security purposes I had to ensure that I didn’t include an information about myself or others that was too personal. Chapter 11: APP 11 — Security of personal information – OAIC. 2015. Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. [ONLINE]   Societal/Cultural: “Understanding others makes possible a better knowledge of oneself: any form of identity is complex, for individuals are defined in...