Reducing the Digital Divide: Wayru’s Commitment and the Social Impact.
As we at Wayru navigate the complexities of the twenty-first century, we are acutely aware of a critical issue that demands collective attention — the ‘digital divide.’ This term encapsulates the stark divide between individuals with ready access to the internet and the necessary digital tools and those without.
Interpreting the “Digital Divide”
Envision a scenario where you are completely disconnected from the digital world — a reality devoid of internet access, digital communication, online transactions, and, most critically, digital learning or employment opportunities. This is not a hypothetical situation but a harsh reality for millions worldwide. This unfortunate scenario is what we commonly refer to as the ‘digital divide.’
The Social Imperative of Internet Accessibility
In today’s digital era, internet access has transitioned from a luxury to an indispensable necessity. From health-related searches to online learning, the internet has become an integral part of our lives. Its absence is an inconvenience and a substantial hindrance to socioeconomic advancement.
This divide becomes evident in vulnerable communities where the lack of internet access translates to limited educational opportunities for children, restricted adult employment prospects, and inaccessible essential services for families. This situation exacerbates existing socioeconomic disparities, fostering an inherently unequal society.
Collective Action: Wayru’s Approach
Addressing the digital divide requires a multi-pronged approach and a collaborative effort. We at Wayru are attempting to bridge this gap with our decentralized and tokenized Internet Service Provider that democratizes Internet access and ownership of Internet infrastructures in emerging countries. Wayru is a community-driven network built, operated, and owned by the people.
Despite the United Nations recognizing Internet access as a fundamental human right over a decade ago, almost 4 billion people worldwide still need to be connected. In Latin America alone, around 400 million people, equivalent to about 80 million households, lack connectivity. This gap exists primarily due to dominant telecom providers’ need for more interest in expanding coverage, focusing instead on increasing their centralized profits.
We at Wayru are endeavoring to change this narrative. We provide connectivity for people and businesses using proven technologies like fiber, wireless mesh, unlicensed spectrum, and blockchain. Anyone can get involved and contribute to expanding the network either by deploying their own hotspots or by investing in the growth of the network through digital assets.
The Path Forward
Bridging the digital divide is akin to scaling a steep mountain — the journey is challenging, yet the rewards are invaluable. It will demand considerable time, resources, and effort, but with our concerted initiatives at Wayru, we h ope to make a significant impact.
Overcoming the digital divide is not merely a technological challenge but a socioeconomic imperative. It fosters equality, provides opportunities, and creates a more inclusive world. Thus, our commitment at Wayru is to contribute towards this cause, striving to achieve a society where digital inclusion is a reality for all.