Digital Divide

Escrito el 18 Enero 2007 por Ricardo Pérez Garrido en Convergencia / Convergence

I was reading an article (an old one, dec. 4th) in the Financial Times about the Digital Divide, and one of the facts presented struck me as a good signal to the market of what is going on in the fight to enter fast in the “connected” world. In the context of the development of a high speed connection with a European University Network (Dante) and explaining the different approach of governments:

“The connection to China is running at 2.5 gigabits (billion bits) a second, the connection to India runs at only 45 megabits (million bits) a second. It says quite a lot about the difference in attitude at the political level between these two countries. It reminded me of Europe in the 1990s before telecoms liberalisation.”

Two things about this comment. First the part related to the European telecoms market and regulation. The role of governments should focus, at least in the society-education link, in fostering a sort of digital society: we are used to this type of communication and interaction from the very beginning of our education. To do that, governments need to change several things: from the skills of educators -that are always happy to do better things and to escape from the huge budget limitations that they have in these fields in public education- to the stuff available to schools and universities – from computers to network connections.

Related to the first point, we see the different power than these two countries are deploying in this field. The results are going to impact their societies in the following years, and while now India has a big advantage driven by language skills towards being the offshoring wonderland of the world, we will see if they have room to grow at this pace with a university system that has no funding even for this efforts oriented to put them in the same playground of the leading universities in Europe.
In Europe, initiatives like i2010 – A European Information Society for growth and employment, are trying to create a competitive market where innovation and technology are the keywords for economic growth, assuming that competition in production is difficult to maintain


Patxi Bonel 18 Enero 2007 - 12:07

I checked ITU’s homepage about the Digital Opportunity Index (DOI) (http://www.itu.int/osg/spu/statistics/DOI/index.phtml) and I was surprised to discover that Spanish DOI ratio was better than other European countries such as France, Ireland or Italy.

According to Tom Peter’s Leadership definition, a good leader would be the one that selects best people and provides them with all the tools and facilities so they could develop their abilities.

In my personal view Public authorities seem to be sometimes more concerned on creating direct I+D investment, instead of developing good environment conditions in which innovative entrepreneurs and companies could develop their ideas. China vs. India policies comparison is a very good example,

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