Contemporary society is characterized by knowledge mediated by digital technology. From services available through everyday banking transactions to the exercise of citizenship by electing government representatives through voting machines, knowledge is made available through the technological artifacts that society creates. However, not everyone is able to reach it. Some authors say that the barriers are not technological, but rather social and economic . Indeed, barriers to accessing knowledge in the contemporary world include types of illiteracy (literal, functional, digital) often found in socioeconomically disadvantaged regions, a reality that many developing countries face. Nevertheless, assuming that obstacles are economic does…
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