Module # 4 Weblog # 1

First Nations H1N1 Summit Hampered by Digital Divide

I found this to be a very topical and ironic article to post. It’s a perfect example how the digital divide can affect first nations communities. This article highlights a virtual summit that occurred recently concerning the effects of the H1N1 virus. It concerned itself with preparedness and organizing a plan to deal with a potential outbreak. However, one thing that government forget to realize was that nearly half of the remote First Nations communities that were involved did not have high speed internet access to fully participate. This just shows how western culture often takes technology for granted assuming that everyone has equal access to technology. This relates to module 4 because it shows that the differences between western science and First Nations culture are prevalent and that they both follow different approaches in technology and science.


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