Digital divide

Today's children live in an online world. Technology is changing the world they grow up in. On the one hand, it is equipping them with a whole range of digital skills that will be useful to them in the future. But it can also be a scary place. It is private, personal and portable.
Entrepreneurs now have the opportunity to enjoy the economic benefits previously available exclusively to established banking institutions.
The days of chalkboards and dusty textbooks in classrooms are long gone. Over the past two decades, technology has slowly crept into the classroom, changing the way students study and access information, and also opened up a whole new world of resources for teachers to utilise.
It will come as no surprise that the amount of time 8-11s and 12-15s spend online has more than doubled since 2005. Similarly, a quarter of 8-11s and seven in ten 12-15s own a smartphone. These are startling figures, but are the reality of the increasingly digital world we are living in.
Our everyday interactions are being transformed by technology. Growing up, I'd meet people face-to-face if I wanted to speak to them; glance at a map if I needed to get somewhere new; and unfold a newspaper if I wanted to know what was happening in the world. Now, everything can be done simply through a mobile phone.
Our digital future looks bright, according to London mayoral candidates as they took to the podium recently in what was the
Inequality is one of the key challenges of our time. In developed and developing countries alike the poorest half of the population often controls less than 10% of the wealth. It is a universal challenge that the whole world must address.
This idea has really resonated - since then, through all the news about oil prices, tech shares and financial uncertainties, it's continued to gain traction among business and political figures as well as economists.
The talking part of the relationship is, of course, the most important. Along with making sure there are cakes available at every visit, a decent amount of pocket money and the occasional 'naughty' treat - surely, that's what we're here for as grandparents isn't it?
We need new thinkers who are digital natives, not just generating the exciting new intellectual property but being immersed in the technology to create and distribute this to the waiting world.
A future labour government could go further: a basic laptop or tablet for all secondary school children. Financial backing for a Code Club at every primary school, like those supported by Battersea's Silicon Junction. Free, fast, national wifi in our country's most deprived, and often most densely populated, communities.
Studies provide a number of fresh insights into evolving attitudes and technology based behaviours in this fast changing region... The Middle East is not as different as you might think... "The digital divide demarcates technological abilities in the Arab world about as starkly as anywhere on earth."
Companies House just announced that it's making all of its documents available for free in 2015... it shows once again that the UK is a pioneer in data transparency... Companies House itself says, this move "will open up opportunities for entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ways of using the information."
The performative self[ie] online is part of a longer social process of mapping the marginal body into space, a networked space that posits the identifiable self as part of a primary narrative from which it has been excluded... It's a way of manifesting one's existence, proving that you are alive.
Digital subterfuge and parental disapproval are at times inevitable. In effect, many teens are using digital media just as they previously used music or fashion; as a means to help define their identity and facilitate their transition into adulthood.
This week, the Office for National Statistics announced that less than one per cent of households in the UK are still using this archaic technology. That's right. Just under 1% of the population still experiences the internet in the same way as most of us did 15 years ago.
The internet isn't a privilege, it's an essential. Social housing tenants are less likely to own computers, and may see home broadband as a luxury spend. They may not possess the necessary skills to use the internet or hardware due to a lack of training, particularly if they have been out of work for a long time.
Sometimes, caught at the coffee dock, a man will lower his voice and ask me: Why do YOU think there are so few women in IT? In my 15 years of working in IT, I am still usually the only woman on the team.
Whether we use the term "digital divide" or not, we need to keep a very keen eye on what's happening below the surface, and how quickly (or not) each segment is changing its behaviour. In time, perhaps we will all be at the digital "promised land".
So I want to ask you: do you ever sit in front of a computer screen and find it hard to write a blog? I know a good number of my friends and acquaintances do.