Internet and digital technologies have changed lives in a very positive way in Haiti. Soon after a massive earthquake shattered Haiti in January 2010, internet and digital technologies made it possible for people from all over the world to receive information from this Caribbean nation. Moreover, information and communication technologies were instrumental during the rescue efforts as Haitians living abroad and the whole world were able communicate and send their support to the survivors. In this post-earthquake Haiti, the need for computer literacy has increased dramatically in both urban and rural areas as the country continues to recover.
While people from all walks of life in Haiti continue to demand internet technologies, which are critically important to move Haiti forward, access to computer equipment has remained a major obstacle. As many practitioners involved in sustainable development in Haiti suggest, “access to information technologies by school-age children, the youth, and the workforce is crucial for Haitians living in this Caribbean nation be competitive in this digital age.”
According to Internet Monitor (2015), only 10.6 % of Haitians are internet users, while 25% of Cubans, 37% of Jamaicans, 45% of Dominicans, and 73% of Puerto Ricans have access to information technology. Based on these statistics, Haiti has the lowest computer access rate in the Western Hemisphere.