The internet – not an equaliser

Here’s the story about the global impact of the internet. In the last 20 years, the digital revolution and its leapfrog technologies have allowed developing countries to close the gap with richer nations, and have brought huge advances in health, education and transparent government.

Well, not quite, according to the World Bank. Its annual World Development Report, this year entitled Digital Dividends, pours some cold water on that utopian view. True, it sees plenty of good things emerging from the advance of technology, but it warns that poor governance and a lack of skills is making it hard for all of those benefits to be realised even once countries do get connected to the internet.

  • Dana Garcia

    The internet’s effect in the third world is largely negative. Young males see glitzy pictures of what life is like in the first world and want to go there and grab some. That’s why there are hordes of Africans from peaceful prosperous countries headed north to Europe.

    Nevertheless, the evil Mark Zuckerberg wants to broadcast the internet (and his Facebook) so everyone can “be connected.”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I KNEW this report was written by f*ck-heads!

    “The report talks of “information inequality”, with a slower, less useful internet being offered to new users, who are then not being given the skills to make good use of the technology. It points to the fact that there are more contributions to Wikipedia from Hong Kong than from all of Africa, despite the fact that there are 50 times as many African internet users.”

    So, Africans not updating Wikipedia at the same rate as Asians is somehow my problem that undoubtedly they want me to pay for?
    Screw them!
    Listen jackasses, we warmongering and vile capitalistic Americans invented the goddam thing to survive a nuclear war with the Soviets, not for you idiots to play on. You are lucky we let you use the damn thing AT ALL, because we really don’t have to.
    Ungrateful bustard pig raping third-worlders!

    • Maggat

      Try turd worlders.

    • ismiselemeas

      The internet was created in England by an Englishman for educational and information dispersal purposes.

      • Drunk_by_Noon
      • El Martyachi

        Although there’s an argument to be made that the net is primarily concerned with venerated celebratory buggery, that wasn’t the original purpose. Probably. It was, as our morn-inebriated colleague asserts, a war tech thing.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The BBC’s view about everything is that westerners are evil, and everything they have should be taken away and given to brown and black people for free.

  • ismiselemeas

    Don’t kill the messenger. The internet is just a tool, not some miraculous visitation from a sky fairy. The article is based on a false premise.

    • El Martyachi

      IMNSHO the net totally pwns bitch-ass sky fairies. It’s like, cosmic, man.