Debate #2 Technology has led to a more equitable society

In present time, Technology has revolutionized the oceans altogether components of the planet. It has made it possible to engage more and more people to build an equitable society. There are various clues to its contribution to forming an equitable society. The predominant one is freedom of expression. It has raised the voice of every section of society with the help of social media, Technology based research, innovations, and scientific aptitude beyond the limits of traditional myths, racism, gender biases, wealth and forces involved in dirty politics and given a pathway to the victims, who had been getting tortured, humiliated, misused, exploited since centuries, to raise their voice for justice.

Freedom of speech

Apart from that, Fast 4G networks have helped provide information up to the minute. Now people can contribute a lot to their economy using e-businesses and provide opportunities for jobs to the poor and privileged sections of society. In this way, every person has become an integral part of development chains. This fastest growing Technology has also made it easy for NGOs and social organizations to get funds from far away corners of the world and aid people in times of crisis. It has encouraged the participation of people in the achievement of social and sustainable development goals, just in the comfort of their bed, without working on the ground.

Modern transport means and telecommunication has encouraged immigration and emigration as per individual needs, which has led to a diverse social environment around the globe. This diverse social environment has helped a lot to tackle racism and develop unity in diversity, promoting equity in such societies. Technology has provided a plethora of new ways of electronic communications via Emails, social networking, and video conferencing. One piece of technology has had a profound impact on society online education and technology has the potential to remodel education. It can help instructors and students strengthen their bonds, innovative learning and collaboration methods, close long standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adjust learning experiences to meet the needs of all students.

Electronic communication via video conferencing

Assistive technology will facilitate individuals with a range of disabilities, from mental disabilities to physical disabilities. Assistive Technology can help children to develop self-reliance and independence. Students who have difficulty in school are frequently unduly reliant on their parents, siblings, friends, and teachers for assistance with homework. Children who use assistive Technology can succeed in working independently. Assistive Technology can help students who struggle with listening, reading, writing, organization and math. Even my brother is also handicapped and has poor mental health. He is unable to read, write and organize thoughts. However, his listening skills are good, and we always use various technological gadgets such as speech recognition programs, variable speed recorders, electronic math worksheets, and audiobooks. With the help of these technological gadgets now, he can write by counting from 1 to 100. He knows about various programs he watched and listened to from audio books such as audiocassettes, television, and CDs.

Assistive Technology

Technology has been used to promote learning and justice, but it has also entrenched injustice. People and cultures within our communities do not have equal access to Technology. The digital divide is the most critical reason technology is not leading to a more fair society.

Digital disparity

The digital device, also known as the digital gap, is defined as the technical and financial ability to use available technology and access the internet. This divide is most visible during remote learning when students lack access to the technology they require to stay up with their studies due to a lack of gadgets, internet connection, or the assistance they require at home. Moreover, many people cannot afford expensive laptops, phones, and software. Coming from a country like India, I impression that we are technologically behind the times. For example, during the pandemic, students from economically disadvantaged sections could not take online classes due to inadequate internet access. Moreover, many students did not even have devices to attend classes.

Digital Divide

Generation gap: This refers to the disparity in skill levels between individuals. There is an age gap when it comes to the skills required to utilize the internet. It also influenced the quality of education received by an individual. People who are younger and more educated have more excellent skills than those older and less educated.

Generation gap

To summarise, I was wavering back and forth between the two sides of this issue. However, I agree that technological advancements have resulted in a more egalitarian society because they help people with disabilities and increase access to education and services. However, we cannot deny that digital gaps exist but can be solved in various ways. I think policy makers and community members in the public sector must recognise the value of computers and the internet and take steps to ensure that everyone can access them. The government should subsidise internet connections for low-income households. At the same time, the private sector must commit to delivering equal service and networks to rural and under reserved populations, ensuring that everyone has access.

Furthermore, society must modify its attitude toward Technology. Instead of seeing computers as frills, people should see them as necessary. They must recognise the power of modern technologies and embrace them as tools for their own and their children’s future. 

   

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4 thoughts on “Debate #2 Technology has led to a more equitable society

  1. Hi Shivali,

    Great, all-encompassing post!

    I agree with your conclusion about technological advancements providing increased access to education. I also found your comment about the private sector recognizing the importance of the internet and making sure that everyone has access. I agree, however, at the end of the day, most private corporations (by law in many situations) are responsible to shareholders first and foremost. Unfortunately, providing internet to rural areas as an example does not provide much of a return to the previously mentioned shareholders. Do you think this could be a good argument as to why we might neet more crown corporations (such as Sasktel in the world), and not less?

  2. Great job, Shivali,

    You did an excellent job outlining the validity of both sides.

    I too agree with your conclusion. Technology advancements have created equity in many instances, but it’s impossible to ignore the reality of the digital divide and the corelated achievement gap. Chris, you ask a meaningful question about a possible way to create change (crown corporations vs. private corporations) in order to create socialized internet connectivity – perhaps a future debate topic πŸ˜‰

  3. Hi Shivali,

    You came to much the same conclusion as myself. Has technology improved the lives of many people? Indubitably! However is it the great great panacea for all the worlds ills? That’s a negative. It has the potential for both good and bad, to both harm and help. Technology is only a thing, it’s what people do with it that gives it the power it has. Thanks for your insights on the topic.

  4. Great job summarizing both sides of the debate. I too agree that technology has closed some of the gaps we see, however, it is impossible to say that it has completely solved all of our problems and allowed everyone equal access. Unfortunately, the world of technology is a highly profitable world, that is power and money-hungry, and everything comes at a cost. Providing rural areas with the same access as urban areas will never be a focus for many companies.

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