RS 2: Bangladesh

Digital Inequality in Bangladesh

In the New Age Bangladesh article Digital Inequality in Bangladesh, the author Ahmed Al Asheq has one point that he wishes to bring across to his readers, which is that Bangladesh has a very serious gap in its people’s abilities to use information and communications technology. Al Asheq begins with how the advent of the internet and its spread to the country has always been a reason for “polarization of the current Bangladeshi job market in the past several years” (1). Al Asheq says that there have always been socioeconomic divides within the country, as Bangladesh is a much more rural country than urban one, so those in the urbanized cities have better lives than those in the countryside and villages. But, Al Asheq believes that the new group of people who are becoming proficient with things that fall within the category of “information technology” (1), such as the internet and using computer programs, are even more ahead of the rest of the country and are causing deeper difference and discrepancies amongst the total population of the country. Al Asheq calls this new group of Bangladeshis “digital Bangladeshis” (1), and says they are causing, “the rest of the people lag far behind because of their lack of proficiency in the digital world” (1). Al Asheq says that the “digital Bangladeshis” are the ones who are causing the digital divide in the country to grow exponentially as more time passes by.

This idea is explicitly shown the best in this quote, “Literally, digital inequality inherently intensifies and escalates social inequality in modern world” (3). Al Asheq uses this to explain that if there are no resolutions made to fix this issue, or else the country won’t be able to catch up to the rest of the world. Al Asheq goes on to offer a solution too, towards the end of the magazine article. He says that the country needs to find the specific areas in which people have lower skills than their affluent and richer peers, and implement programs to reach out to those who don’t know how to use the technologies. He goes on to suggest an idea for the country to do this towards the end of the article shown here, “Our government entities very often organize various workshops and training programs for the disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. They can easily integrate special programs to motivate people about internet use” (4). His final say on the problem is that the country needs to find the specific problems, and in order for the country to move completely to the forefront they need to “ensure digital inclusion” and work towards making “information technology… more a necessity than a luxury by the day” (5).

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