Strategies For Mitigating Second Level Digital Divide
Ronald Chikati, Nkosinathi Mpofu
Keywords: digital divide, second level digital divide, capability digital divide, access digital divide
Abstract: Developing countries are massively weighed down by the influence of digital divide. Soon after the world summit on forming millennium goals, there was a scramble for Information communication Technology (ICT) acquisitions and installations by many countries throughout the world. Coupled with huge reduction in the prices of the paraphernalia of technology, the concept was well adopted and to some extent well executed by many countries. In the rush to deal with access (first level) digital divide, most developing countries did not pick it early enough that by arresting one problem, another one was spawned. Today, it is more than a decade and no convincing evidence is there to show that the national endeavours benefited the majority. Perhaps efforts are thwarted by the competency (second level) digital divide. It is from this standpoint that we propose strategies for mitigating this new spectacle of digital divide.
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