Why technology is important to the world

31 05 2010

In my last blog report I wrote about the potential hazard that some young and old people may face by using computer of internet/gaming – known as internet addiction. In some parts of the world, they may be thinking, nice problem to have??

As the picture below demonstrates there are still many countries in our world where computers or internet access is still limited. There are in fact, 105 nations in which less than one in ten people have internet access. For example, in thirty of these nations, less than one in a hundred people have computer/internet access. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, eight out of TEN THOUSAND people only have internet access. Think about that the next time you are surfing the web. How would your life be if you could not get access to the internet? Of course, it is possible to live and work without computers, but how productivity and informed could you remain?

The Global Digital Divide Map - supplied by Digital Aid

Computer use (equated with Internet Use) is strongly correlated to a nation’s wealth measured in GDP per capita and energy consumption per capita. Developing nations have limited computer use, because their populations do not have enough wealth to invest in computers. This is a double-edge sword.

Nations with large numbers of affluent consumers can and do invest in computer use. Computers are immensely valuable tools of commerce and learning. Thus, computer use and industry have concentrated, reinforcing, benefits in developed nations and affluent communities.
While the computer industry powers the acceleration of the developed world, it also deepens the inequities between society’s haves and have-nots.

That is why there are a number of charities that are now working hard to redress this balance. One charity that I have recently been working with is called Digitial Aid. Digital Aid is a registered charity who encourage a green approach to discarded computer hardware and provides them to those who want to be computer literate but do not have the resources.

It is surprising how many corporations simply send their old laptops and pcs to the landfill after 3 years… I contacted many local organisations to request that they donate their pcs to a local school that urgently needed pc donations, but received no agreements…

Digital Aid have better luck than me and recycle and refurbish old computers, printers, monitors, and other material, and they donate them to educational institutions, non-profit organizations or low-income households who cannot offer their children access to information technology.
The organization’s main aim is to help underprivileged children, because they believe that for the next generation computer skills will be a must for equal professional opportunities. They are trying to identify geographical areas or social categories affected by the “digital divide” phenomena, and to bring their contribution – and hopefully yours – to bridging it.

They very kindly arranged to supply 5 laptops to a local school in the south of France as they had no budget to buys pcs. Both the teachers and the children in the school were missing out on computer classes. Luckily now they can arrange for the 250 children to share 5 pcs and commence computer classes. They will not be able to have internet experience as there is no budget to purchase that service…. In a western country that has high pc usage it is shocking to learn that many small village schools do not have educational budget to support this type of education.


Currently Digital Aid are also organizing a program that aims to create several socio-educational centers in three schools in Romania with a high percentage of students from poor families; many of them belong to the rrom ethnical minority, having known problems of social integration.

On 5 June 2010 Digital Aid’s truck is leaving France for Romania. They have recycled 50 computers, printers, screens, scanners, books, to open 10 educational centers for orphans, abandoned children, and for children and teens with physical disabilities. However, they are still seeking funding to assist with the fuel costs to make this delivery. If you can help please consider making a donation – you can find full details on their website:

Digital Aid
http://www.digital-aid.org/#/our-next-project/3331691

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4 responses

21 08 2010
Jonathan

Digital is doing good work that non has thought of it to bridge the world in that form through children as the future dependable generation.

30 08 2010
CHRISSIS

Nice work Digital aid.CONGRATULATION!

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