Causes and types
Originally, the digital divide was attributed to underdevelopment and viewed as a temporary phenomenon that would disappear as technology spread. Instead, the divide persists today despite the mass marketing of electronic devices with Internet access. The causes range from the high price of these devices, to a lack of knowledge about their use, to the lack of infrastructure to access them. In addition, there are three types of digital divide:
Some examples of these third divide barriers are: the level of education of citizens; the higher our level of education, the easier it will be for us to use these technologies, as well as the ability to select reliable information that will provide us with better utilities; geographic location is an important variable for access to these technologies, as the differences in development and infrastructure between geographic areas can make a big difference, as it is not as easy to connect to the Internet in a rural area as it would be in an urban area.
About the digital gap between the genders
For Europe, a gender-equitable recovery is crucial for both society and the economy. The European Institute for Gender Equality has shown that Europe would benefit macroeconomically from a successful and comprehensive gender equality strategy. In this situation, digital transformation is crucial. According to the European Commission’s report “ICT for the world of work: digital skills in the workplace”, 90% of occupations now require basic digital skills.
The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which brings together a range of relevant data on Europe’s digital policies, is used to measure the EU’s success in the digital sphere. The correlation between the Digital Economy and Society Index and the Gender Equality Index shows that societies with greater gender equality also perform better in the digital economy, which is critical for long-term economic success.
The top performers in both the Digital Economy and Society Index and the Gender Equality Index are Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland. The figures show that it is possible to close the digital gender gap by making progress in closing the gender equality gap in general.
Statistically, there are differences between the representation of men and women in many digital areas:
Consequences of the digital gap
Technological discrimination is a form of poverty and social exclusion that deprives a segment of the population of essential resources for development and wealth creation. This situation was clearly felt during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many students and workers had difficulty telecommuting and taking online courses. The main effects of the digital divide are explained below:
Strategies for reducing the digital gap
Among the most important initiatives is Starlink, a satellite internet provider that brings fast and reliable internet to underserved communities. The SpaceX subsidiary was founded in 2020 by Elon Musk with the goal of providing satellite internet to areas around the world that have limited or no access to the internet. In Germany, the platform is at the forefront of efforts to bridge the digital divide, and more than 1,000 users in Germany already benefit from its services.
The company has made significant progress in connecting rural areas in Germany by bringing high-speed Internet to previously unserved or underserved areas. Starlink offers speeds of up to 150 Mbps and latency of up to 40 ms, making it a viable solution for people living in remote areas.
Starlink will launch its first batch of 60 satellites in Germany this summer, which could have a significant impact on the country’s digital divide and economy. By giving more people access to the Internet, Starlink could open up new markets and create new opportunities for businesses while lowering the cost of Internet access.
The technical migration of 1250 servers and the move from Windows Server 2012 were carried out.
The procedure was as follows:
Die technische Migration von 1250 Servern und der Umzug von Windows Server 2012 wurden durchgeführt.
Dabei wurde wie folgt vorgegangen: