Carol Vorderman's Internet Column: The Have Nets and Have Nots; MISSION TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

By Macrae, Kyle | The Mirror (London, England), May 19, 2000 | Go to article overview

Carol Vorderman's Internet Column: The Have Nets and Have Nots; MISSION TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE


Macrae, Kyle, The Mirror (London, England)


THE old adage that knowledge is power has never been more true - and today we are looking to the net to provide it.

But when it comes to computer skills and net access, we are still a nation of haves and have-nots. There's a digital divide - and your age and income often determine which side of it you are on.

A Department of Education and Employment survey reveals that only seven per cent of poorer Britons have internet access at home.

Among the over-55s, only one in 12 uses a computer daily - and just six per cent of over-65s have ever used the internet or received an email.

Younger and better-off people are much more likely to be computer-literate. But with only one in four of all UK adults using a computer on a daily basis the Government's ambitious target of internet access for all within five years still seems a long way off.

"It is unacceptable to have a digital divide," says Michael Wills, Minister for Learning and Technology. "The Government has to raise public consciousness and spread awareness of the benefits of these technologies.

"It is vital to be IT-aware these days, as 90 per cent of all jobs now involve some interactivity with computers."

That's why the Government is funding UK OnlineComputer Training, a new pounds 25-million scheme to give people on benefits and their dependents computer skills. About 400 organisations are involved - call 0800 100 900 for information.

Another initiative is Citizens Online (www.citizensonline.org.uk), an independent charity set up to research the issues and find ways to ensure that everybody can share in the benefits of the technological revolution.

Founder Mark Adams says: "We're asking questions about the digital divide. Is it real? And if so, how do we address it? I suspect that the debate will show that, yes, there are tangible divides - geography, age, gender - but mainly it's a difference in attitude between those who will commit to new things, like the internet, and those who are frightened by it."

Citizens Online's first step is a conference in London on May 23, when experts from the Government, industry and academia will discuss the questions and the challenges. Then it hopes to raise pounds 12 million in five years to fund, sponsor and direct projects.

Mark says: "Our job is finished when nobody's frightened by technology, when everyone has an email address and is comfortable using it."

One of the early findings is that all that sitting and staring at our screens has a positive knock-on effect.

"The more virtual, the more real," says Professor Steve Woolgar, one of the speakers for the conference.

"The more we put virtual art museums online, the more people actually go to real art museums. The virtual world doesn't act as a substitute for the stuff we do already. It adds to it, and gets us doing more than we did before."

That applies to adults just as much as net-crazy youngsters, and computers are sure to loom large during Adult Learners Week next week.

Here we talk to three award-winners who until recently were all on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Edith's disc drive

The examiner

EDITH DAWSON may be 89 but there's no stopping her. She still works as a dance examiner and is also a qualified teacher with the English Bridge Union.

A few years ago, she was so impressed to see her nephew using a computer to work on musical scores she thought she'd give it a go. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Carol Vorderman's Internet Column: The Have Nets and Have Nots; MISSION TO BRIDGE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.