The digital divide needs conquering and we need your help to do it!
Technology and access to the internet is crucial now days.
Back in the 1960’s when the internet was invented, it was very limited. It was only accessible to a small number of people, mainly used by the military for file and data transfer. It was then later on used to exchange information via email between researchers, scientists and programmers.
However, now days nearly everyone has access to the internet. In fact, the average person spends 6 hours and 42 minutes browsing on the internet a day.
There are many uses of the internet, some of the most common being; finding out information almost instantly, communicating with others, buying online, learning online and connecting with others via social media.
All of these uses have become a big part of our life and many of us take it for granted.
But what if the internet just disappeared one day? What wouldn’t you be able to do?
You wouldn’t be able to check the latest news on Facebook, check your bank balance on your banking app or, buy those new shoes you wanted online, but sadly this is reality for some people.
What would you miss the most if the internet just disappeared?
So, what is the digital divide?
Although technology is a huge part of life, there are still lots of people who can’t access it. This is due to not having internet connection and/or have the right devices such as a mobile phone or laptop to access the internet on. This is called ‘the digital divide.’
Those who do not have access to the internet become very disadvantaged.
In the UK, a staggering amount of 4.8 million people have no basic digital skills and roughly 9% of families in the UK do not have access to a computer at home.
The main reasons of the digital divide are;
- not having the money to afford the technology
- being in a location where network coverage is poor
- having a lack of IT skill therefore not knowing how to use a computer
“The Internet is not a luxury, it is a necessity.”
– Barack Obama
The digital divide became much more prominent during the covid-19 pandemic, when lock downs forced children to learn from home. This caused a huge trouble for those who don’t have the right technology at home.
A big part of what Green Machine does is donating laptops to charity which they have been doing now for many years.
Due to effect of covid-19 and at home learning, Green Machine Computers started The Tech Amnesty in 2021. The goal of the Tech Amnesty was to donate as many laptops and/or tablets as possible to schools and charities to enable children to study from home.
The company has almost donated 500 laptops altogether since Tech Amnesty started.
The lockdowns ended and children went back to school but the donations didn’t end there.
There are still lots of people who don’t have access to the technology they need. In fact an estimated 9 million people in the UK don’t have access to technology.
Although Green Machine can’t end the digital divide completely, we can try our best to reduce it and encourage others to do the same.
If you have any old tech lying around at home, Green Machine would greatly appreciate any donations. You can find out more information on how and where to donate here: Tech Amnesty – (greenmachinecomputers.com)
Lets put an end to this digital divide together!