simon fraser university

simon fraser university

Bridging the Digital Divide in Canada

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Although some see the 'digital revolution' (the introduction of the Internet and proliferation of digital communication technologies) as having completely democratized media production and consumption, inaccessibility to these technologies and the resulting inability to effectively participate in society are still pressing issues for many Canadians. This is known as the digital divide. The following is a public service announcement concerning Canada's digital divide compiled from interviews conducted at Media Democracy Days, 2014 in Vancouver, BC. It was produced as part of a project for Robert A. Hackett's course at Simon Fraser University, CMNS 437 "Media Democratization: From Critique to Transformation." A special thank you to T.J. Tulloch for his guidance and creative input in the original version of this video. Images used: Maple leaf http://www.clipartbest.com/cliparts/bTy/6xz/bTy6xz8TL.png Map of Canada http://www.vanguardcollege.com/canada.png Digital devices http://www.tobii.com/ImageVaultFiles/id_3480/cf_4/ICON-Devices_White.png Media Democracy Days banner http://mediademocracyproject.ca Quote from Robert W. McChesney cited from his book, "Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy" published by The New Press, 2013.