Thursday, September 17, 2009

The digital divide in the Caribbean countries is a source of backwardness and freezing of the economy.

Today, Computing Science is the main power.But as far as we have intelligence in the caribbean countries to use this power.?
A communications policy with United States and Europe is vital to the development of poor caribbean countries and is linked to the nature of this relation, if they are able or not to have interaction(interchange of comunication) with the outside world, the internal information infrastructure where all groups and classes have democratic access to means and tools of communication and information exchange with foreign countries, this is in fact, actually, the political dependence to succes or fail in the management and development of the economy and society inside the global economy.

Hoy dia, la informatica es el poder principal.Una politica de comunicacion con Europa y Estados Unidos es esencial para el desarrollo. Pero cuan inteligentes podemos ser en el caribe para usar este poder?
Una politica de comunicaciones es vital para el desarrollo de un pais pobre y su interaccion con el resto del mundo, de la infraestrucutra interna donde todos los grupos y clases tengan acceso abierto, igual y democratico a los medios de comunicacion e intercambio de informacion en la comunicacion con el exterior, depende el exito o el fracaso de esta gestion y el desarrollo de la economia y la sociedad de los paises del caribe en el mercado global, actualmente.

Cellular phone 1995 to 2008.
Most of the US children have a cell phone.
Born between the late eighties and nineties, this group now living his childhood and adolescence
was born with the Internet and globalization

Nacidos entre finales de los ochenta y la década de los noventa, este grupo que hoy vive su niñez y adolescencia nació con internet y la globalización.

ScienceDaily (Sep. 8, 2009) — In today’s classroom, mobile phones are seen as a nuisance, but they can be the key to a new, personal way of learning, according to Prof. Marcus Specht oftheOpenUniversiteit Nederland.

Today’s learners -- of all age groups -- use their mobiles in nearly all their daily activities. Mobile media enable learners to access information and learning support whenever they need. “The students of the future will demand the learning support that is appropriate for their situation or context. Nothing more. Nothing less. And they want it at the moment the need arises. Not sooner. Not later. Mobiles will be a key technology to provide that learning support,” says Dr. Specht, who is professor for Advanced Learning Technologies of the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies (CELSTEC) at the Open Universiteit Nederland.Source:

Interenet 1995 to 2008.
U.S. Only 93% of adolescents between 12 and 17 have Internet access.
Tan sólo en Estados Unidos el 93% de adolescentes entre 12 y 17 años tiene acceso a internet.

BBC Source:

The digital divide in the Caribbean countries is a source of backwardness and freezing of the economy. The flow of information now determined, through the cellular and Internet, the economic movement and the participation socialde the population. In the poor countries of the Caribbean the state must ensure, by treaty, that all social classes have open and free access to mobile telephony and the Internet, proportionately, and international rates as equivalent to achieve a balance in the volume of information with United States and Europe, the owners of the information superhighway servers and nets”.

It has been shown that cellular telephony and the Internet based on the privilege of political groups, racial and gender divides a country, creates conflicts, reduce the participation of the masses and causes great contradictions in the domestic economy because the group can communicate becomes dominant.

The Internet and cellular services should be sources of communication with free public access for every group of citizen to prevent dominant groups can monopolizes the media.

An American study reveals that the computing power of a country depends on the internal infrastructure of communications, here are part of this report:Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida, 34233.

Trans-Atlantic Merger Of The Information Society Onto Information Superhighway
ScienceDaily (Mar. 26, 2009)
Should the Internet be a tool to enable competent democratic citizenship or an information superhighway leading to global economic power? Europeans and Americans began with different visions, but by the beginning of the 21st century, the two approaches had dovetailed.

Source:Journal reference:
Stephanie R. Schulte. Self-Colonizing eEurope: The Information Society Merges onto the Information Superhighway. Journal of Transnational American Studies 1:1 (2009), 1:1 (2009) [link]
Adapted from materials provided by University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.


"European governments regulated the Internet as though it were a public utility. Amsterdam’s “Digital City” (Users were defined as participants in their city’s life, not as consumers. With an aim to involve more citizens in creating better public policy, the Digital City was designed to promote universal and open access.)went online in 1994 and was so popular that the city suffered a modem shortage during its inaugural week. The Digital City employed cutting-edge technology with both sound and moving images, at a time when the Web site for the White House in the United States was little more than a text archive for press releases.
“Imagined as a public sphere that would help produce a more functional state, the Digital City was presented as a new, communal space, a technology that would provide users with information about and access to their government,” Schulte wrote.

"The U.S. Department of Commerce warned about a digital divide that was leaving parts of the nation behind.
Mirroring the European focus on the information society, in the late 1990s, “U.S. governmental institutions represented the digital divide as important for U.S. democratic ideals as well as for its economy,” Schulte wrote."

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