Sociologic: Technological divides in connected cities

IMG_4431Have you done any online shopping, banking, or random googling today? Or have you used Facebook Messenger or email to stay in touch with family, friends or work colleagues? I sure have!

 

Digital technology, indeed, plays a central role in the organisation of our everyday lives. It’s something most of us take for granted.
Dr Justine Humphry (who wrote Chapter 14 ‘Work and Society’ in Sociologic), recently published an article in that looks at the uneven access people have to digital technologies, specifically the everyday struggles faced by those experiencing homelessness to stay digitally connected: “How do we stop people falling through the gaps in a digitally connected city?” – written for The Conversation.

 

Justine explains that for those experiencing homelessness, the risks associated with not having regular, reliable and affordable access to digital technologies, such as mobile phones, can be life threatening.

Given these challenges, Humphry asks: ‘How might we design city spaces better to make it easier and safer for people who are homeless to access digital technology?’

 

After reading the article, what else can you suggest? Furthermore, how might you go about putting your suggestions into action?

 

How might you change the world for the better?

 

As more and more of life is online, then we must consider whether access to online technology is a right that should be afforded to all citizens – no matter their means!

 

So much  to discuss!

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