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The Black Digital Inclusion

There are some people who do not have access to the internet as they may not have a device or regular access to the internet.

If you are a business or a service provider looking at this information, you could consider users with less access than some of your target audiences.

There are computer classes availible for those who do not have internet skills or computer skills but what should be considered is those without device skills such as smartphones, phablets and tablets.

I have previously been involved in projects with persons looking at accessing the internet and how it is accessed with some of the following aims to come out of this:

– Services availible to those who have not got regular access to the interent.

– Having a stall of your services with a tablet and smartphone showing how your service can be accessed through different means

– Providing information and (where possible) equiptment to persons who do not have the money to access the services.

– Working with companies and organisations to get access to computers, smartphones and Tablets to those who cannot access them.

– One of the things to consider for those who do not have access to devices which utilise your service is whether or not you have thought about this.

The importance of more people having access to technology:

  • Can Pay bills online.
  • Health advice and information available online.
  • Use emails to communicate.
  • Can use social media to contact friends and relatives.
  • Keeping up-to-date with the news.

This is part of a Mini Digital Inclusion Blog Series making you more aware of those whoare excluded from the internet socially.

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The Black Digital Divide

As a person who has a long association and background with technology and how access to the internet and devices can be difficult. I have realised some black people take their access for granted and they are not ware of those who do not have the same access to this technology.

There is also a viewpoint of how you use technology in your every day life. For example you can now use a smartphone to pay for a coffee in selected places if you so wish.

Many black people around the world cannot access the internet, and so they are unable to add knowledge, wisdom or their voice to an ongoing discussion and (in some cases) action in motion.

There are many other races of people who do not have access and there are initiatives by mainstream technology companies to provide cheaper and free internet, as well as training on how to use the internet and devices which rely on it.

I have managed and been involved in projects where internet is unavailable and wireless internet has been provided, which is how you get WiFi internet as mobile phone signal carriers can be used to provide broadband speed internet for free or at a low cost for a day or week, in city and town centres.

Digital exclusion is a term which black people do not know well and this is what it is in a nutshell, being socially excluded from digital services. So for example you might not be able to access internet banking or have to pay more for to set up a standing order or pay a bill in person or through the post rather than online from your device. More and more services are being moved online and access to the internet is becoming more essential.

The internet now is a utility like gas, water and electricity, especially as device, services and products are part of our instant – now society.