RS 1: Miami

Miami’s next big tech win could happen where there’s the least internet

In an ever-growing technological world, “a computer of [one’s] own and a reliable internet connection” (Nebhrajani 14-15) are necessary components to thrive in today’s digital age. With many cities across the United States, the digital divide is representative of the disparity between different income communities who don’t have access to these tools due to a lack of income. The great Vice City of Miami is no stranger to this digital divide either. While Miami prides itself on its diversity, the same minority communities that contribute to the “city’s secret sauce” (Nebhrajani 16) are the ones that don’t have reliable internet access and are left behind. Nebhrajani states that in 2015 Miami “ranked [as] the seventh worst city in the country for internet access” (38-39). When one is barely making ends meet on a daily basis, having a computer with internet access is likely not a top priority. Unfortunately for the impoverished, it seems everything nowadays is done online from paying your bills to applying for a job to claiming your social security benefits. As such, people like professor Moses Shumow are making an active effort to provide reliable internet access to low-income communities like Liberty Square. Yet simply having internet access is not going to bridge this digital gap. The internet is your technological oyster and in order to truly alleviate the digital divide one must provide “a strong educational component” (Nebhrajani 67) to these minority communities in regards to technology. Therefore, companies such as Code Fever are educating families through coding bootcamps and classes that teach students how to program as well as utilize valuable applications such as WordPress. Now while Miami has built a great foundation for penurious communities to justly engage in the current digital age, it is important that this city continues to provide the resources and infrastructure necessary for its citizens “to keep pulling themselves up” (Nebhrajani 94-95). Miami already has the diversity. Now it merely needs to maintain an environment where people of various backgrounds can interact and collaborate on a digital level.

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