The research question of this paper to be examined is: what effect does the uneven development of the internet have on social, cultural, political and economic inequality? The thesis of the paper is therefore: uneven development of the internet has effect on social, cultural and economic inequality.
The importance of research topic lies in the presence of internet in all areas in research and education, in economic development, social significant, and spending of free time. Internet connects all critical services from financial, transportation, health care systems and also systems for support of water and food, and also energy supply. Uneven development of information communication technology – ICT is separating the world on information society and the society that it is inferior. It is worth of investigation because internet or lack of it plays an important role in equality. The power of information is the new motto of the globalized world and with no access to the information the inequality is spreading.
Intend to organize and carry out the investigation will begin with a brief history of internet development, with the roots, and the beginning of the internet, how it spread into the civil area and what importance it has in today’s globalized world. Further on the uneven development will be presented based on different speed of development in different parts of the world. Statistical data will be provided by internet users, their habits that will show the importance of this media in every sphere of our life. The paper will show the difference between western countries and African and Asian countries that have yet to develop the high technologies in the internet arena.
Whit the information and data of uneven development I will present academic sources, articles and books that will show how this uneven development affects the social, cultural, political and economic inequality. The study will be primary, secondary analysis of already existing data retrieved from academic resources, books or via the internet.
International Telecommunication Union – ITU. ITU yearbook of Statistics 2015. 2015. Web. 18 Jan. 2016. < http://www.itu.int/en/ITU- D/Statistics/Pages/publications/yb2015.aspx>
The yearbook will provide a statistic and data about usage of ICTs in households and ICTs by individuals in 190economies around the world. It will be my main source from where I will prove that the internet is still uneven developed through different continents and regions of the world.
Ray, Larry. Globalization in Everyday Life. New York: Routledge. 2007. Print.
Book or Larry (2007) will provide the answers about internet and what global inequalities in brings into an everyday life. Author provides the effects of the internet have on culture, economy, politics and overall society. The source will be used to make strong arguments in accordance with a research question and hypothesis.
Van Dijk, Jan. The Network Society. London: Sage Publication, 2012. Print.
The work will show the early development of the internet, who rules it, the definition of space and time in the network society. The book will provide the advantages the internet brought and also challenges and issues it faces in regard to network security and providing the 24/7 connectivity. It will also provide the comparison between third world and developed world, between North America, Europe and Asia. It will help with researching my hypothesis of uneven development of internet had on social, cultural and economic dementias.