Week 9 – Questions

Here are the questions for the week — be sure to check to see if I found or missed your questions! Also, check the linked posts for this week’s highlighted posts:

  1. Amy – no post
  2. Anna – no post
  3. Arielle – no post
  4. Ashley

    1. The article mentions, “in this era of convergence, taxation frameworks should be technologically neutral.” What are the implications of this neutrality?
    2. In what ways could this idea of ISP and Internet in rural areas institute a hierarchy of services?
    3. How could practices and federal taxes of advantaged countries be adopted to allow for universal access?
  5. Carla
    1. What are some other solutions to cyberspace accessibility, besides government oversight?
    2. How could underserved communities be encouraged to incorporate this type of technology? 
    3. In what ways would you be willing to share the societal cost of making cyberspace truly a public space, in regard to accessibility?
  6. Catherine
    1. What are economies of scope and how do they relate to universal access?
    2. What might you think the two limiting factors would be for universal access to become a reality?
    3. If the Scots in Braveheart had had access to the Internet what might William Wallace have been able to do for the cause he was championing?
  7. Christine

    1. Do you think the SARI project is a realistic effort in providing universal access at an affordable rate? (closed)
    2.   Do you think the SARI project and One Laptop Per Child should collaborate their efforts? (closed)
  8. Christopher
    1. What is “the Digital Divide”?
    2. Can somebody please explain “Wireless Revolutions and Universal Access” to me in “civilian terms”? (I’m not being glib….I honestly had a hard time understanding it…even with the charts, graphs and definition of terms).
    3. How do the people in these remote parts of the world feel about connectivity? Do they even care or see the benefit of being connected?
    4. How are these new technologies going to be maintained? Let’s say a hurricane comes through and destroys the radio tower in the Dominican Republic, who will fix it?
  9. Courtney – no post
  10. Dan – no questions
  11. EugeneEC
    1. Considering the article used data from 2003, why haven’t we seen universal access for everyone yet?
    2. What are some major challenges for bringing access to poor and rural areas?
    3.   If you were an entrepeneur, which area of access you would focus on? The hardware or the service? Why?
  12. Gene – no post
  13. Heather
    1. Who should be responsible for getting underprivileged areas of the world online and having access to all forms of technology? (Governments? Individuals?)
    2.  What are some of the major deterrents to the whole world having online access? What are the practical ways these new technologies can help or already are helping? 
    3. In what ways do newer technologies, like the VANs (”village area networks”), offer a challenge to standardized and traditional media? (i.e. How could the positives of these technologies spill over to affect traditional and/or common media and networks in more digitally savvy countries? Do you think they will? Why or why not?)
  14. JayEC
    1. What are Americans’ responsibility in making Internet access universal?  Should we be responsible?  Why or why not?
    2. In what ways can we gauge the benefits of the Internet divide decreasing?
    3. What would happen if Internet service providers became completely regulated?  How would it affect the speed and availability to households?
  15. Jenn
    1. What responsibilities do schools have for monitoring students’ Internet usage?
    2. How many free hours of Internet access a day should public libraries allow its members?
    3. How often should students have to access the Internet in order to complete homework assignments?
  16. Jess
    1. Do you think it truly is an issue that technology is not available in all countries or should we be making this a concern? (Closed)
    2. Do you think it ever occurred to anyone that maybe underdevoloped countries may enjoy living the slow pace lifestlye and do not need technology to get by and may not want to progress rapidly into the future? (Closed)
  17. John
    – no questions (excellent post)
  18. JonathanEC
    1. At what point does communication move from a basic human right to a commodity?
    2. How does the FCC act as a cultural gatekeeper?
    3. How will the classic “public vs. private” debate play out in the development of worldwide wi-fi access?
  19. Josh
    1. What are the biggest issues of arranging a global access fund that would aid with networking access in developing countries?
    2. Why should developed nations create such a fund that would assist developing countries?
    3. What are some other examples of how having easy Internet access could improve life in the developing world?
  20. Kendahl – no post
  21. Lee Ann
    1. What essential components does Best overlook once universal access is achieved?
    2. How might the internet impact poor communities?
    3. What are the opportunity costs of low accessibility standards?
  22. LisaEC
  23. Liz
    1. How would your life be different if you had/didn’t have internet access at home?
    2. What other public spaces should provide internet access?
  24. Maggie
    – no questions

  25. Marianic

    1. How do people without any knowledge of computer literature will be able to make a very use of Internet?
    2. Does online gaming have the same significant effect in learning other’s culture? If yes, how?
    3. How to encourage people that have universal Internet access to use it as a source of information rather than as a communication tool only.
  26. Marilyn
    1. Which divide is more important for our government to try to bridge? America’s own digital divide or the international digital divide?
    2. Which plans are more likely to be adopted and successful?
    3. What are some ways to allow the public to be more aware that there even is a divide?
  27. Matt

  28. Nick
    1. If the internet had never been created would the new culture of today be differant than the pre internet days? (closed)
    2. consideraing the capabilites of the internet 10 years ago to its capabilty today, will universal access rapid change the internet as it did in the past?
    3. Is universal access achievable now, and if so why are their strict rules hindering our capabilites to do so?
  29. Sheila

    1. What impact does global or universal access to the internet really have?
    2. How do you think offering cheap technological devices to the underserved will change international commerce and the global economy?
    3. How will eliminating taxes on internet connectivity affect the future of the global marketplace?
  30. Shelly

    1. In what ways do Wi-Fi and other related wireless technologies contribute to public access?
    2. Even if universal access is non-profitable to companies, in what other ways can it be achieved to ensure accessibility?
    3. Who is responsible for making sure universal access is available to everyone?
  31. Steph
    1. Should our government take some action in providing the internet to America’s rural and poverty stricken populations? (closed)
    2. Are there any other ways you can propose to bring computers, cheaply and efficiently to developing countries?
    3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of handheld devices verses traditional PC’s?  Which will prevail in rural markets?
  32. Sung – no post
  33. Tarja
    1. How is the dynamic between the “rich North” and the “poor South” going to change given wireless internet technology, rising China, India, Brazil and others, in the next 25 years?
    2. How do you think “favorable” taxation and regulation can help ensure that the poor have access to the internet or do you think that the government should stay out of it entirely and let the free markets decide? 
    3. Will universal internet access affect and spread democracy around the world or will it just make consumers out of everyone? (closed)
  34. Tyler
    1. How important do you feel the availability of Internet connectivity is in sustaining a successful society?
    2.  How might the presence of Internet in countries with limited freedoms of expression benefit their societies?


    3.  What do you feel will be the deciding factor in the success of universal access to Internet, and why?
  35. Yvonne
    1. What advantages does it have to get access to the internet for people in remote areas whose lives are “off the grid?”
    2. What is the ultimate goal of connecting the world together through the Internet?
    3. How much money are we willing to give up to connect poor people to the Internet?

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