Mobile Internet & Digital Divide

"Mobile Internet" refers to access to the Internet via a cellular telephone service provider. The use of it has been shaping people's daily activities dramatically and somewhat failed to solve the problem of digital divide.


  1. The presentation is based on two assigned articles:
  2. 1. mobile internet and communication costs

  3. With the emergence of mobile phones, the technology is always try to bring the functions from computers to phones (such as the very basic usage as web browsing), considering its nature of mobility. The mobile internet, in many cases, brings more convenience than personal computers or laptops does (mobility, less restriction on facilities, etc.).
  4. The trend of phone’s development focuses on the technology such as 4G.
  5. With different uses of it, the mobile internet has been shaping our ways of interaction & communication.
  6. With this social change, Wasserman raised the idea of communication cost, that is the certain money people should afford and pay to communication needs.
  7. >>>the desktop is becoming a "secondary touchpoint" for an increasing number of digital users.
  8. 2. digital divide

  9. A digital divide is an economic and social inequality with regard to access to, use of, or impact of ICT. The divide between differing countries or regions of the world is referred to as the global digital divide, examining this technological gap between developing and developed countries on an international scale.
  10. Idea of optimists--ICT affordable to the masses would be an inevitable outcome of technological development. Clearly, mobile phones are relatively cheap when compared to personal or laptop computers. Hundreds of millions of some of the poorest members of society either own one or have access to one.
  11. But when comes to the mobile internet, it is actually still not solving the problem via reasons such as the lack of socialculture background knowledge for the underprivileged, etc. ( Wijetunga, 2014)
  12. In China, the problem of digital divide is serious between rural areas and urban areas.
  13. >>>the expanding rural internet access from 2012 to this year, though users are less active.The biggest differences are often things like payments and ecommerce, which urban internet users in China tend to do more often.
  14. 3. E-democracy and M-government

  15. Mobile internet and devices has changed people’s political participation. Here comes the new way of attending political activities—easy to express, but not so much impact.
  16. New terms as everyday democracy, e-democracy, and networked politics.
  17. We used to devote entire life to politics—to get into a party, slowly work for ranks, and one day may sit at the table where the decisions are being made. But how to participate globally in this time and era?
  18. >>>people are actually communicating with thegovernment in a two-way exchange between citizens and the offices of the government--the way needed in most countries.
  19. Mobile phones and mobile internet can definitely offer a help for that.