We live in the digital age. We have created this era, and we are single-handedly responsible for its innovation and ongoing successes. Throughout history, there have been many great advancements and ideals that have pushed us to further progress. We are so comfortable, so familiar, with technological advancement these days that we are now reliant on them, driven to advance them ever-forward. One of the most life-changing innovations to come to heel is the worldwide web.

Before the internet, information was passed through books and word-of-mouth, and all in a very localised fashion (for the most part, anyway). When the internet was first introduced, it represented a new frontier in communication, awareness, and exposure the world over. Today, we are faced with the awareness, the knowledge, that the internet is global – but with a catch. We are driven to create a new frontier where the internet is truly globally inclusive. But first, how did we get here? How did such an incredible innovation become exclusive?

The introduction of the internet

It has been many year since the internet was first brought to fruition and rolled out around the world. Since its initial introduction, it has bloomed and flourished, evolving to become bolder, better, faster, stronger. Soon, the internet was a certainty in the western world, and it was not long after that it bloomed to become common in some of the typically poorer countries and regions as well. However, the internet’s current speeds are being criticised, saying that in some areas of the world they are so close they might as well not be used.

The digital world needs the internet

Here are the facts. While most (if not all) of the modern world has access to the internet in some form, the reality is that internet speeds are dwindling in some areas. What this means, in a digital world, is that individuals who live in the areas receiving the lowest speeds of internet (or worse, none at all) are essentially lagging while the rest of the world speeds up. This has created an imbalance that needs immediate correction. Like it or not, when it comes to internet access, there is a definitive digital divide. So, how do we solve this? How do we create a new iteration of the worldwide web that puts everyone on an even playing field?

The internet is necessary for global progression

The internet has been around for a while, this much we know. Now, the whole world is calling for high speed internet to be a global priority. The imbalance created by altering internet speeds and overall availability is putting people in certain areas of the world in a disadvantageous position, essentially robbing them of the same rights to access and information that the rest of the world has. It is time to right the ship, because in the digital age, the reality is that there is no need for such an unfair disproportion to even exist.

Print this page