Happy One Web Day!

September 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm 1 comment

So for those not in the know, One Web Day is today, September 22. One Web Day is like Earth Day…but for the Internet.

Here at Elon University, my fellow Interactive Media Master’s students and I set up shop in the middle of College Coffee (free donuts, coffee and fruit provided for students every Tuesday, woohoo!) to conduct a survey. The point of the survey was to see just what people know about the tool that plays an enormous part in their life. Some of the questions we asked included: In what year did Tim Berners-Lee propose the World Wide Web? What is the most important issue for the future of the Internet? What percentage of the world has access to the Internet? What percentage of North Carolinians have access to the Internet in their homes?

The question that really captured my attention was: What percentage of the world has access to the Internet? Which, in case you do not know, is about 25%.

That statistic is mind-blowing, because for people in the United States who are “middle-class and above”, the Internet is taken for granted. You want to know what temperature it’s going to be today? Just log on to Weather.com. Oh, you forgot to mail in your bill and it’s going to be late? Pop online and pay it. I bet there are people out there who have never even been able to use a computer because they don’t have access to one, and here we are with the Internet on cellphones!

I think this particular question resounds with me because it makes me think about my earlier post on the digital divide–but at that time, I was focused on U.S. society. This new statistic makes me realize that the digital divide is even more a problem than I thought. For all that we talk about a “hyperconnected world”…only 25% of the world will be involved. What about everyone else??? I know there are initiatives to send computers into countries that don’t have them, but I know there has to be something more that we can do. So right I click “publish” I’m going to http://www.onewebday.org and signing the pledge to end the digital divide.

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  • 1. andersj  |  September 23, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you for sending your specticipants to sign the pledge to end the digital divide, and thank you for your participation in OneWebDay!

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