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As riding a bike with square tires

I have been exposed to digital information from a long time ago. But women from my country do not. I was exposed to it as my mother was an open minded women and gave me a white tool when I was 16 years old which open my mind as well. Thanks to her. To have a computer today by the age of 16 may sound crazy as our young people have even ipads, ipods, iphones and all the gadgets we did not dream even about it a long time ago. ¿But which young ones? You, that read this journal may think ALL OF THEM. You may have internet access everywhere, and buy many things on line and read newspapers and magazines, buy tickets and order food online. But there is still a life off line. And there are plenty of young ones off line. And that can sound very romantic but it also may be unfair. It seems to me as if who can have now an online life may be having problems about their online life but we have to face also the other side of the coin as there are still many places where many people have not even notice there is a life going on in an online mode. So for me to have a computer about 30 years ago gave me a whole new experience which allow me to have my universe at my fingers, which by now for some is to have the whole world at a click.

How ever, it is not like that for all of us. I may know more people who does not have a computer, or any digital access tan the ones who does. So tools for me right now not are the ones I need but the ones many need, as computers, web cams, Smart phones or many light devices which can connect us. And it is more about equal opportunities to have access to information. I believe Smart phones may change how we connect as it is just a tool we use to get what we already have: waves. I am truly believed than as we take the steps to be able to get free connections every where, we should at least have the appropriate gadgets who can received the signals now we are sending. Without an smartphone people may not have equal opportunities as many hove them now. A long time ago were computers, but now computers have decreased in size and they are even good to speak, and to take photos and to get access to democracy. An smart phone is a clever solution for all of us to be able to get what we need to make us feel more comfortable.

Challenges we faced learning to use internet is another matter. As here for example, in many remote places old computer arrived as donations, to give opportunities to our communities. But what we forget is that those computers are amazingly old and what they are causing is creating a bigger obstacle in between people with so little knowledge in technology and the real technology. So, the challenge we faced is a matter of time. What we can get here may be sometimes pretty old so it seems as if we will not be able to catch up with you, not in 100 years. I may be, but many will not. My people is learning to use internet in equipments so old they may loose Interest immediately as those computers do not work properly, and that it is a real challenge. It is like learning to ride a bike in a bike with square tires. It could be fun thought but it is a real challenge.

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Leslie Stoupas's picture

The loss is on both sides

Dear Martha,

Thank you for sharing your perspective with us. It must be frustrating to watch technology moving forward, knowing what it has to offer, and not being able to share it with everyone. I think the lack of technology available in your community is a loss on both sides, as those of us using the technology don't get to hear the many voices out there who aren't able to share in this forum. The more we all hear from people from other parts of the world, the more we learn and can feel the fullness of all humanity!

What kind of solutions do you think need to be put into place to begin to change this situation? What can be done in your community, and how can others help you with this vision?

Leslie Stoupas

martha llano's picture

Ecosystems

My beautiful Leslie,

Life is an ecosystem. Technology company should know that. All is connect it. We are connect it for some reason bigger than us. If technology company know that they should use the power of "connecting people" as part of the core of their company so they could be everywhere...Every night I am thinking about Steve Jobs reminding him to look back the dots he talked about as he already is in another part of the line....to help us to make inside apple the connection of the last dot and community. I dream apple could arrive in many places...I dream every little town could have computer and wifi free as part of the connection we all need to find global solutions...if we want to continue as specie in this planet...and I want to be part of it....so technology companies should open their minds. Some time I feel my Leslie we are the only ones asked to open our minds...and we do...but sometime to make a real connection the other side need to be open, need to be willing, need to be part of the "real thing", need to be touched by another type of lives...as I said when I was in VOF talks...when you are in the roots of the rainforest, you see different things than when you are at the top...I have been most of my life at the roots when most of the time you are trying so hard to survive you can not even think much about what this root is part of...but when you get tired and have to rest and take a breath and look to others trying to survive as well, tired, dirt, hungry and with the little ones you have to feed you realized that we are disconnect it...and when you found that you realized that we need to connect through what connect us right now which for me is technology...so technology is the sap and if they understood that we all can live in a different planet.

My community and others communities what need are opportunities to have free access and free computers or smart phones or any type of device the planet is using to communicate...we all need to have the chance to access what is out there in our planet....and I am sure we can.
my love
martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

Leslie Stoupas's picture

The web!

Dear Martha,

You have captured exactly the image of the WEB, like the World Wide Web is meant to be -- a way to connect us all together. And now you have given another rich image, that of the rainforest: roots, sap and the top of the trees. All parts are necessary, and the more we see this interconnectedness, the more those connections can really happen. I can't wait to see the changes that will happen as this awareness grows!

Many good wishes to you!

Leslie Stoupas

phoang's picture

Agreed!

Hi Martha: Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It's definitely difficult to encourage the use of technology and educate underserved populations on the benefits and transformative power of the Internet when there aren't appropriate or updated gadgets to use as examples. Perhaps there are local non-profits with workshops or forums that help address these problems. What kinds of resources are available for people who can't afford their own personal laptops, iPads, or smartphones but also want to learn how to use them?

Phuong

martha llano's picture

Some

Phuong,

thanks for asking...there are some helps...but they are not use or given form the heart...they are given as part os something which is not the real connection as NGO here as mine want to do many things but we are as community without the resources...I have given some computers to people who work with me in my NGO and I tried to encourage them to find people to get connect it to find what they need for home, school or life...how ever the real connection are the big companies of technology who should by now know what to do with the power they have....because the do...and they are responsible for the future of our specie. Beyond.

Love

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

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