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Topic 1: The Digital Divide

This week you read The Digital Divide is Still Leaving Americans Behind by Jessica Goodman.

 

LINK: http://mashable.com/2013/08/18/digital-divide/#p.mPKfCBmGqT

 

Discussion:
The digital divide, a term coined many years ago, still exists today.  It is surprising to some that the divide still exists in the United States.

Question #1: 
Do you believe that having Internet access, as the author suggests, is not a convenience or luxury, but a human right? List one benefit that closing the digital divide might provide (e.g. economic growth).

Topic 2: Open World

This week you watched Four Principles for the Open World by Don Tapscott.

 

LINK: https://www.ted.com/talks/don_tapscott_four_principles_for_the_open_world_1

 

Discussion:
Tapscott believes that social media is becoming social production and that the Internet is a global supercomputer--every time people upload content to this supercomputer, it becomes more powerful as the new content becomes part of a global collective...a new means of production in the making. Tapscott believes that tapping into this supercomputer will allow us to innovate in ways that were not previously possible.

Question #1: 
Locate one example that supports Tapscott's Four Principles (Collaboration, Transparency, Sharing, and Empowerment) and share this example with your classmates (justify and support your answer).

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