As the International Day for Universal Access to Information on September 28th draws to a close, it is imperative to reflect on the transformative power of information and the internet’s pivotal role in bridging the information gap. Information is now moving faster, it’s like a breakfast in bed that is already serve to you the moment you open your eyes.
Without it, individuals and communities face challenges in accessing information essential for their daily lives. The Internet has become a way to gain power and meet basic wants. All technologies that have come about and done well so far were created to meet society’s needs.
Mobile Technology’s Explosive Growth
A decade ago, the cell phone was essentially just an upgraded walkie-talkie. Today, it’s inseparable from our lives, and now? Information is not locked up in a library somewhere; it is fluid, available whenever needed, and frequently tailored to the specific user. Mobile technology has many perks that have allowed instantaneous, individualized access to information, which profoundly affects people’s decision-making, from how you will gain information to how you will share it with everyone.
Internet Access Everywhere
Having constant access to the internet has many benefits. It opens up education to everyone, so information can be shared around the world. This could help fight poverty and increase reading rates in developing countries.
The development of mobile gadgets has also made our lives better by letting us enjoy entertainment anytime, anywhere. You can now explore the diverse range of apps – from free informational tools to more sophisticated options involving money to consider. For instance, language-learning apps like Duolingo showcase how technology goes beyond mere entertainment, combining it with valuable information dissemination. Users not only engage for leisure but also gain practical knowledge, underscoring the transformative power of modern technology in enhancing our learning experiences.
Furthermore, in gaming apps, where a significant portion of the population is engaged, the introduction of platforms offering free spins represents a new dimension. In addition to generating excitement, they provide a diverse range of details about the incentives they present to attract players. This information encompasses strategies for winning, as well as guidelines for claiming prizes and rewards. It demonstrates how technology is changing how we play games and creating an engaging and informative user experience, intertwining entertainment with informational elements in unprecedented ways.
Lastly, it would facilitate the creation of new firms and the expansion of existing ones through the increased use of telecommuting.
Free and Open Sharing of Knowledge
Before, information was mostly controlled by a limited group of people, such as governments and media corporations but now, anyone with access to the Internet can share their thoughts with the entire globe, because a greater variety of news and information outlets are now available to the public. Just as Twitter facilitates real-time information sharing, allowing users to report incidents, exchange news, and express their thoughts quickly, it has also facilitated the public’s power to hold governments and other authorities accountable.
Connectivity as a Tool for Empowering Communities
The Internet has given people a voice by making connecting with others and sharing knowledge easier. It has facilitated the ability of concerned citizens to band together and take meaningful action. For instance, protests and movements for social and political change have used the Internet to coordinate their efforts. It has also been used in creating support networks for underprivileged communities and supplying aid to those in need.
The Imperative of Transparency
Aside from people from the Internet and the opinions all over social media, governments also need to be more forthcoming about their plans to bring Internet access to everyone. It is difficult to effectively address connectivity gaps due to a lack of transparency around initiatives to supply and expand access, making it impossible to verify how money is being spent and who benefits from particular projects.
The accountability of the various schemes might be greatly strengthened through the publication of thorough annual reports on universal access grounded in a human-rights-oriented approach.
One of the greatest human rights problems of our day is ensuring everyone has access to the Internet. We can only close the digital gap and bring internet access and other informational rights to the previously disconnected by making institutions more open and accountable.