December 22, 2015
The Daily Citizens
The Four Components of Global Citizenship
Equity is defined as the quality of being fair and impartial. Global equity can be defined as providing and establishing equality worldwide, from first-world countries to third-world countries. The Council for Global Equality focuses on bringing together international human rights activists, LGBT leaders, philanthropists, corporate officials, and foreign policy experts to develop, expand, and encourage clearer and stronger American voice on human rights concerns impacting LGBT communities around the world. Their institutional members work to promote LGBT awareness and equality and human rights throughout the United States and overseas. The Fund for Global Human Rights is an organization that is on the mission to move human rights forward across the globe by providing tools and resources to people and organizations that have potential to make a positive change. Their grants and technical assistance are focused on crucial and difficult issues such as activism, child’s rights, justice & rule of law, LGBTI, sexual orientation and gender identity, resource rights and corporate accountability, and women’s rights. Specifically, the Fund’s program in Liberia has been successful in enabling those who live in more rural areas to access human rights education, linked communities to the legal system, and have been providing support to women’s groups to help fight against violence and rape. The Fund is still working to make progress in other areas, so help their cause today!
Empathy is defined as one's ability to understand and share the emotions of another. Global empathy can be defined as the ability for a group of individuals (whether it be a handful of students, an national organization, or even an entire country) to connect with underdeveloped societies, understand what is going on, and attempt to help life-threatening problems. One organization in particular, called the Global Empathy Now, has dedicated its time to provide for the underprivileged, raise awareness, and encourage self-sufficiency on a global level. This non-profit organization believes that empathy and intelligence together can create great strides in humankind; empathy allows people to reflect on their own struggles and better understand those of others, which is why they're current project aims to solve an ever-present issue among most third-world countries: lack of clean water. Their plan is to install a water well at a school in Arusha, Tanzania. They chose this location because Tanzania is one of the worst affected areas regarding lack of clean water; nearly half of the population, 21 million people, have no access to safe drinking water. This project will provide proper hydration for healthy living/survival, sanitation (avoidance of infection, bacteria, and disease), and revenue for the school and community in Tanzania. Additionally, diarrhea is the leading cause of illness and death, 88% could be prevented with improved access to sanitation facilities (including clean water). Help GEN in their mission and donate to their cause today!
The word provide means to supply or make something available while access is a way of being able to use or get something. Ian Rosenberger is the epitome of proving haitans to the access of medical care, food, etc. In January of 2010 he traveled to Haiti in order to photograph the destruction of an earthquake that had recently hit. On his journey he met a man whose life he would change forever, 18 year old Tassy Fils-Aime. Tassy was suffering from a baseball sized tumor that had been developing on size face since the age of 9. Previous surgeries were deemed unsuccessful when the benign tumor kept growing back. Tassy was scheduled for another surgery when the earthquake struck. Rosenberger offered to take Tassy to the United States, more specifically Pennsylvania, where there was avid resources to conduct the surgery. Dr. Jeb Blaugrund of Edgeworth performed the surgery to remove the tumor pro bono otherwise known as for free. Tassy, now 22, lives a happy life in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He is studying to receive his GED and hopes to purse the career of a physician’s assistance. Rosenberger is also the founder of Team Tassy, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical assistance, education, and food assistance to over 70 impoverished families in Haiti. He has dedicated his life to helping those in need by providing them with resources that will allow people to flourish and live happy lives.
American Red Cross Provides Access to Haiti
Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. There are several key concepts or themes that go along with digital citizenship. The first one is digital access, meaning full electronic participation in society. It may not be aware to all technology users that not everyone has the same opportunities when it comes to technology. Digital exclusion makes it difficult to grow as a society. Next there is electronic commerce, a large share of market economy is being done electronically. Third there is digital communication, the expanding digital communication options have changed everything because people are able to keep in constant communication with anyone else. Now everyone has the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with anyone from anywhere and anytime. The downside is that many users have not been taught how to make appropriate decisions when faced with so many different digital communication options. Following that is digital literacy, the process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology. Digital Citizenship involves educating people in a new way and these individuals need a high degree of information literacy skills. Then there is digital etiquette and law, which is the standards of conduct or procedures and the electronic responsibility for actions and deeds. That goes along with digital rights and responsibilities, those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world. There’s digital health and wellness, which refers to physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world. Lastly there is digital security or self protection, meaning the necessary precautions to take in order to guarantee safety online.
There is a new technology crime out there right now that falls under the digital law element of digital citizenship. It involves thieves stealing your credit card information without ever touching you, or your wallet -- it's called electronic pick-pocketing, or crowd hacking. It works if you have a credit card with a radio frequency identification computer chip inside of it. The chipped cards are widely used in Europe and Asia and now starting in the United States.
Currently high tech thieves are buying powerful scanners online for under $100 and using them to steal credit card information through air waves. "These thieves can walk by you at a shopping mall and steal your credit card information right out of your purse or wallet from up to 25 feet away, and you won't even know it," said Chris Gilpin, with the National Crime Stop Program.Local 2 Investigates decided to test that technology. With Gilpin's help, Local 2 watched as Gilpin walked through a very popular Houston shopping mall and captured credit card numbers from 39 people in less than 15 minutes.
Even though this crime was done electronically, it is still unethical and hackers can get in a large amount of trouble.On a positive note digital citizenship almost instantaneous access to unlimited stores of information and the ability to interact with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Teachers are now making a greater effort to teach their students how to be the most effective digital student they can be. Important news and knowledge can be shared at a faster rate, shopping is taken to a whole new level, and education is expanding, all due to digital citizenship.
Internet Users Around The World
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