Why Lawmakers Don’t Like New Technology

new technology, digital divide

“Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything that is invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things” – Douglas Adams

The quote explains why new technology has such a hard time when facing legislation and adjustment. Many politicians are over 35 when they come to a powerful position and definitely judges that are meant to decide whether people using new technology are breaking old laws. Being a judge you are supposed to always be very objective but there is always some subjectivity and cultural shaping no matter how hard one tries to be objective. Backed by an old law system that supports older technology and the way everything used to work the people adjusting to new technology and possibilities are at a disadvantage when facing the law. 

This is a problem in our “information age” when everything is moving faster and new technology gets invented all the time. How do we manage to not digitally exclude an older generation that have a natural restriction against learning new technology? Earlier I wrote about the digital divide  that currently excludes 70% of world population from the access to information that Internet gives us.

With information comes knowledge and with knowledge comes development. Based on this I feel it’s important for countries to focus on IT aid on a higher level than what is done today. ICT (Information Communication Technology) should be seen as a horizontal solution for all systems. With the help of ICT and integration in most aspects of our society we can reach into the future. 

Internet is not a luxury, it’s a right in the information age we live in today

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Josef Ohlsson Collentine

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