Posted: October 27th, 2022

(Individual) “Ism’s and The Digital Divide”

Write/Create a 2-3 page double-spaced paper that addresses these items fully, completely and thoughtfully writing in paragraph style – as in you will end up with 5 paragraphs!

  1. a)  Which Ism category/grouping did you pick and why?
  2. b)  Describe the Digital Divide in your own words
  3. c)  Find/Research some statistics or facts about the ism as it relates to the Digital Divide
    let alone showcased during the 2020 COVID-19 global outbreak
  4. d)  What impact does this have in the business world if this embraced or condoned?
  5. e)  Reflect on what you found, feel and/or think about it or the situation

“Ism” List: Racism, Sexism, Classism, Language, Abelism, Geographical, Ageism

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CIS 3317: E-Commerce

Assignment #2: (Individual) “Ism’s and The Digital Divide”

Refer to the Course Syllabus/Schedule for Due Dates!
The Isms:

A collective derogatory term to lump together the radical social reform movements of the day

(such as slavery abolitionism, feminism, alcohol prohibitionism, pacifism, early socialism, etc.)

and various spiritual or religious movements considered non-mainstream by the standards of the

time (such as Transcendentalism, spiritualism, Mormonism, the Oneida movement often accused

of “free love”, etc.). Groups or classes of individuals are also often discussed in the context of a

digital divide include, but are not limited to:

Sample Ism’s Traits or Suggestions

Racism Race .vs. Access, Usage, Span of Time, access to PC’s & the internet

Sexism Gender based (technical/engineering Careers, Gaming, Hackers….)

Classism Socioeconomic (Have/Have-Not, Speed, #)

Language English .vs. non-English as primary language

Abelism Yes/No, Cost & Availability of Special Equipment

Geographical Urban .vs. Rural and access to high-speed internet/resources

Ageism Catering to or Alienating certain age groups of individuals

The Digital Divide/Digital Diversity

The gap between those with regular, effective access to Digital and information technology, and

those without this access. It encompasses both physical access to technology hardware and, more

broadly, skills and resources which allow for its use. With the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, this

phrase was used countless times – especially in grades K-12 and it’s impact on learning let alone

the global population and the workforce/worker skills showcased in these articles.

• US’s digital divide ‘is going to kill people’ as Covid-19 exposes inequalities

• Coronavirus has exposed the digital divide like never before

• Digital Transformation And Digital Divide Post COVID-19

• Bridging the broadband gap: Connecting the truly last internet mile

According to Andrea Caumont in this 2013 article posted on www.pewresearch.org, the 5

primary causes of “Digital Diversity” (the Degree of Usage and Online Behavior) are:

1. Age

2. Income and Educational Level

3. Community Type

4. Disability

5. Spanish-Speaking Preference (ESL = English is Second Language)

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/11/08/whos-not-online-5-factors-tied-to-the-

digital-divide/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/13/coronavirus-covid-19-exposes-cracks-us-digital-divide

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-digital-divide-internet-data-broadband-mobbile/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinamilanesi/2020/05/11/digital-transformation-and-digital-divide-post-covid-19/#4c034ca16565

https://www.idginsiderpro.com/article/3562074/bridging-the-broadband-gap-connecting-the-truly-last-internet-mile.html?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Title%3A%20Bridging%20the%20broadband%20gap%3A%20Connecting%20the%20truly%20last%20internet%20mile&utm_campaign=Insider%20Pro%20Insights&utm_term=Insider%20Pro&utm_date=20200812093831

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CIS 3317: E-Commerce

Assignment #2: (Individual) “Ism’s and The Digital Divide”

The Assignment: Select one “Ism” and relate it to the concept of the Digital Divide that you

feel connected to (personal history, issue, concern, strong feelings, a situation or incident). Note:

you do not have to select one of ism’s from the list above as you may come up with your own

ism which is perfectly fine.

Write/Create a 2-3 page double-spaced paper that addresses these items fully, completely and

thoughtfully writing in paragraph style – as in you will end up with 5 paragraphs!

a) Which Ism category/grouping did you pick and why?

b) Describe the Digital Divide in your own words

c) Find/Research some statistics or facts about the ism as it relates to the Digital Divide

let alone showcased during the 2020 COVID-19 global outbreak

d) What impact does this have in the business world if this embraced or condoned?

e) Reflect on what you found, feel and/or think about it or the situation

FORMAT:

(1) On the 1st page at the TOP of your paper (like a header) include:

a. Your NAME

b. the “Ism” that you have selected to write about

(2) MUST be done with word processing technology as hand-written assignments will not be

accepted.

(3) Refer to the course syllabus “Individual Assignment Rubric” for the homework submission

scoring model.

(4) You are to submit it ONLINE to TRACS Assignment Tab: Assignment #2

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