The use of technology is now an essential prerequisite in our personal and professional life. In this context, to fight against “illiteracy”, just as reading, writing and counting are fundamentals, using a computer, a tablet and a smartphone is now a necessary kit for everyone. each. The digital divide is still far from being a simple concept today and affects tens of thousands of households, among which the most disadvantaged are the majority.
IT, a vector of integration or exclusion
The subject of digital technology is a strong societal issue. The digital divide is already creating real gaps in the population at many levels: carrying out administrative procedures and accessing public services, looking for a job, accessing information, etc. In addition, with confinement, inequalities have widened from an early age with distance education for example.. When we know that young people will be the workers of tomorrow, it is unthinkable not to give them the means to integrate and master the use of digital technology. Computer literacy is no longer a Geek’s business, but a true universal mode of communication. So how do you do it?
Support the transmission of knowledge and promote digital technology
Promoting “Technoculture” is therefore no longer an option, but a must have. If school is a means of disseminating knowledge, it is not enough for the young people who will be doing the IT of tomorrow. In this context, it is up to digital players to play an active role on this subject.
Well placed and legitimate to position themselves on these themes, they can get involved in a voluntary commitment rich in meaning for the company (beyond its traditional activities which consist in selling software and digital services). Industry professionals should also invest heavily to create additional resources (events, awareness-raising resources, etc.). Whether with existing associations or through an autonomous approach, each professional has the power to develop digital culture among vulnerable populations detached from the digital tool.
This awareness now seems to echo in the profession and we can only be pleased about it. However, there is still a long way to go before the digital divide is no longer a reality. We must therefore continue the efforts undertaken and launch a true digital grenelle where the values of transmission, awareness and support will be at the center of the projects proposed in the fight against the digital divide.