Student number: 64261425

Section A

Digital divide is a term that refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to

information technology and those that don’t or have restricted access.

Factors affecting digital divide are:

? Skill and knowledge

Some people here in South Africa don’t have reading s kills because they did not get a chance to

attend schools and some don’t see the need of using technology devices.

I think this is happening

because these people think that technology is only for young and educated people.

? Language barrier

The majority of Sout h African citizens speak African languages as their home language (some don’t

understand English at all) . The barrier that they are facing is that tec hnological devices are

developed in English which obviously make it hard for them to use the devices.

? Phys ical disability.

Still it is not easy for blind people to operate computers because most affordable computers don’t

have screen readers and the one’s that have are very expensive.

However the Internet, is totally

inaccessible to the blind and visually impa ired people , because screen reader s are unable to read

the graphically based web page s.


One can have a cellphone or computer but to use internet you need data bundles which very costly

in this country. This is another factor that causes divid e, some people cannot afford to buy data

bundles every day/week.

How to narrow the divide

? The government should build telecentres where people who are not computer literate will be

taught and motivated about this new technology.

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There should also be some people who will

go to schools and motivate learners about technology skills.

? Cellphones, computers or any other ICT device should have translation option. For instance

Google and Facebook has started by putting a translation option, this is very useful because

if one doesn’t understand a word they just translate it to their language.

? Wireless technologies and ICT infrastructure should be introduced to learners whilst they are

young so that they grow to become more technologically advanced regardless of their


Group discussions

No one commented on my discussion but I did repl y to three students as we were instructed. Firstly I

replied to Rhulani Inky Hlangwane giving an idea of being introduced to digital divide at an early age.

My second reply went to N MHLANGA who said some people don’t afford to buy data bundles,

citizens should be given free Wi -Fi. My last reply went to N MHLANGA who mentioned gender, men

are still dominant when it comes to technology.

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Section B

Proline NANOWARE D420 Desktop computer


? Windows 10 operating


? Microsoft office

? 4GB RAM ? Pdf Reader

? 500 G B hard drive ? Windows media player

? Bluetooth, Wi -Fi ? VLC

? 5 USB ports ? Adobe acrobat reader

? Processor: Intel Core i7 –


Adaptabilit y- since this desktop has Core i7 processer it will allow me to multi task without affecting

the speed that the computer operating with .

Generative capacity – it will be easier to upgrade it if I need to. If I need more space I can change the

internal hard drive and put one with bigger space.

Transferability – this proline desktop has Bluetooth that I will use to transfer files from the desktop to

another device.

Leverage – with 5 USB ports I will be able to connect external hard drives for bigger storage or I can

connect my cellphone if I want to transfer files from the desktop to my cellphone instead of using

Bluetooth that will take tim e when transferring .the desktop also

Ease of mastery – the 15.6 inch screen is w ide enough for watch ing movies or view ing pictures. Also

the VLC media player is a very good application when watching movies, since it allows the user to

minimize/maximize the size of the screen.

Participatory -It can be used by multiple of people, if nec essary, and has to be set up with multiple

user accounts. This desktop comes with Windows 10 which provides a user -friendly interface for

easy interactions and this operating system has applications such as media player.

Affordability – it is reasonably af fordable at only R5 999.99

Group discussions

Many students who chose second choice of the assignment were choosing notebook as their new

PC but those who replied on my discussion were agreeing with my statement except B KELLY who

said lapto p is affordable than PC but also one thing that he/she loved about Desktop is that it is

easily upgradable and normally it last longer than laptop.


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HP launches iCommunity

project in Limpopo



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• An ‘HP I -Community’ project “is designed to address individual community

needs, including: technology access, education and learning opportunities,

employment and job skills, community building and increased civic

involvement, and economic development.

• Limpopo Province and Mogalakwena Municipality were selected because of

the vision and commitment of the leadership and community stakeholders to

partner with the private sector to invent new tools and services that will create

social and economic growth.

• The projects started by 2002 and it was completed by 2003

• SOLUTION: HP’s emerging market solutions team worked with local

community members to develop optimized solutions to improve literacy, create

jobs and expand access to government, education and health services. HP has

also installed computers in the area which are used to improve literacy and to

enable the community to get access to government services such as healthcare

and education.

• STRENGTH -Over 20 community computer access centres have been

established and more efficient access has been established by means of fiber

optic cables, wireless -radio and satellite. All centres have computers and

employ people trained to use and facilitate access to computers and the


• WEAKNESS -HP had no solutions to the challenges of sustainable

development. However HP, senior vice president Debra Dunn said that with

deeper and stronger partnership they can offer greater potential for achieving

true sustainable development success.””

Partnership –

• HP partnered with the provincial and local governments, to co -invent

solutions of addressing the community’s specific needs.

Initiative –

• Mogalakwena iCommunity

• How did the initiative work

The Mogalakwena iCommunity effort began with a three -year memorandum of

agreement with the provincial and local governments signed just prior to the



1. What are the ethical and IPR issues

that the faculty are confronted with?

The issue that the faculty are confronted with is the

issue where by students copy other people’s work, and

they produce it as their own .This issue is called


2. What are the steps that the faculty should

take to address the ethical and IPR issues?

•The faculty should teach students about plagiarism.

•The faculty should teach students about information that are subject to copyright restrictions on

the internet.

•The faculty should have workshops where they address students for the danger of plagiarism

and that more of the internets have copyright ..

•Plagiarism can result in legal action; fines and penalties etc.

3. If you were the student who copied and was

caught for plagiarism, what are the consequences

you would expect?

•The faculty may destroy my work and give me a zero.

•Plagiarism is regarded as theft, therefor I may face legal action.

•I maybe suspended for the period of time at the university.

•I may be given a warning.

•I may face disciplinary probation.

•All my work can be revoked, including qualification.


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