In 2003 the United Nations came together under a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the first of its kind, to bridge the digital gap and to bring the poor and rich together through technology. This first world summit discussed giving poorer nations better Internet and hardware accessibility, which could benefit them greatly. (Hermida, Alfred) there were great goals set forth by many UN members to destroy the digital divide and bring worth tools needed so every nation could equally enjoy access to information.
And make access to vast amounts of information free for all and not just for the privilege, funding such a broad idea of bridging the gap when power and politics are involved.
“The final declaration of principles enshrined the ideals of the conference. The associated action plan set the goal of connecting 50% of the world’s population by 2015, without going into the specifics of how to achieve it. It is hoped that the agreement and action plan will bring about greater use of the net and the adoption of technology in education, health and other projects” (Hermida, Alfred)
In the summit many principals on accessibility, sharing knowledge and creating diversity on the web with different cultures within a countries region was agreed on the more than 100 nations gathered. (“Declaration of Principles”) One major issue that arose was the funding that the United States itself spends on grants.
It spends billions of dollars on grants to help support technology in their own poor neighborhoods that need help. It was such a major issue because the digital solidarity fund set up by many African nations is only 6 million and this is just from donations in cash and pledges. This is a fund supporting the United Nations attempt at building online communities and all of the nations who contribute to this fund are or come from the poor African nations. These nations are pleading for help so they can begin to help them establish basic technologies.