Technology 'not a solution to poverty'
Technology can serve as a tool to bridge the digital divide, but it is unlikely to solve real issues like unemployment and poverty, a US researcher says.
"People really want to believe that the latest technology will help us do all these great things and liberate us," said Michelle Rodino-Colocino, assistant professor of communications and women's studies at University of Penn.
"But it's also a way of putting off the big problems and saying, 'let's not touch these big problems because Internet access will turn it all around for us.'"
Rodino-Colocino said that political action, rather than an overreliance on technology, would help low-income people to solve problems associated with poverty, such as low wages and limited access to childcare.