The Digital Divide and the Transformation of Work Brian McFarlane.

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The Digital Divide and the Transformation of Work

The Digital Divide and the Transformation of WorkBrian McFarlaneWhat is does digital divide mean?The difference in a populations ability to access and use or have knowledge of communication devices and internet. inequalities with regard to:Socio-economic levels HouseholdsBusinesses Geographic AreasImplications of the digital divide

Obligations to make cyber technology accessible to disabled personsEthical responsibility with the interpretation that access to internet is a human right Some legal action on behalf of disable with regard disable person:TheEquality Act 2010(EQA)

Has the widespread use of cybertechnology helped reduce racism, or does it exacerbate it?Factors that exacerbate it:Group polarizationAnonymityFactors that help reduce it:Our overall culture marginalizing racists Openness and diverse online communities

What implications does cybertechnology have for gender issues?In low and middle-income countries, a woman is 21 percent less likely than a man to own a mobile phone, according to research done byGSMA.In Africa, women are 23 percent less likely than a man to own a cell phone. In the Middle East the figure is 24 percent and in South Asia, 37 percentBy 2020 there will be 1.4 million jobs in computing fields, butwomen are on trackto fill only 3 percentof those jobs.The Girls Who Code program and programs like it empowering underrepresented individuals

How has cyber technology transformed the nature of work?

Crowdsourcing has led to more remote workMore autonomy and innovation on the employees part leads to managerial positions becoming more complexCollaboration technology improving productivity

Cybertechnology effects on the quality of work lifeEffective monitoring and research leading to more efficiency in the workplace which can result in better employee and customer satisfaction As previously mentioned collaborative technology improvement can lead to more job satisfaction.

Social and ethical issues surveillance in the workplaceDistrust in the employer-employee relationshipReturn of TaylorismViolation of privacyCan lead to dismissal for comments made on social media and over-management of employees

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