RS2: France

Digital divide in Business and in France

The article I chose was an informational article pertaining to the digital divide in France that is divided into two main parts, the first being why the digital divide is relevant and the importance of IT in the business industry, and the second being reasons as to why a digital divide exists in France, and some solutions that have been put into place in an attempt at closing it. Dr. Adi starts off telling the reader about the importance of IT in her education saying, “IT took an important place from university where I had courses on how to use software such as Word, Excel, and Power Point.” (para. 3). Dr. Adi moves on to explain why IT is relevant in business and states “companies ask for proficiency in using the office pack and sometimes even require particular software such as Photoshop, Sphinx…” (para. 4). She then explains this claim “by the fact that IT increases the production as everything is easier.” (para. 4) and gives some examples of increased productivity such as IT being used to “create new contracts, pay the employees, schedule meetings…” (para. 4). Finally, to end this section she explains that individuals without these skills have less opportunities to acquire a good job and are therefore left behind. Dr. Adi moves on to explain the digital divide in France in three sections: the generational divide, the social divide, and the cultural divide. The generational divide is that only “18% of the over 65 use the internet.” (para. 7), and some of the reasons as to why this huge divide exists in the senior population are “the acquisition cost of the equipment and the lack of training as obstacles.” (para. 7). The social divide is that “49% of French who live with a monthly income under 900 Euros have no landline telephone access coupled with internet.” (para. 8). Finally, the cultural divide is that “97% of the graduated people of the higher education have a computer at home, against 1 person on 2 among the non-graduated.” (para. 9). Through these divides and statistics, she shows that education and income levels have a great effect on the digital divide in France. To conclude, she presents some of the actions that are being taken to help bridge the divide including public spaces to “teach seniors how to use a computer.” (para. 11) and France planning to “create more digital public places with a free access to the internet.” (para. 12).

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