A Digital World for All: Include, Upskill, Innovate to Bridge the Digital Gender Divide

Posted in: Digital Divide at 20/12/2018 12:18

The world is going digital.

Across the globe, half of all people, some 3.5 billion people, have reliable, regular access to the Internet, and are using this opportunity to engage in a range of on-line activities. From searching for information, to engaging in e-commerce, to online government services, to social media, more and more people are integrating the digital world into their own.

As politicians and policy makers around the world like to point out, this is a great opportunity. It is a chance to empower citizens across the globe, to build businesses and communities, as well as achieve individual aspirations, and it could boost the global economy, allowing for a greater quality of life, particularly for those who are currently less well off.

However, with opportunity comes risk. While the digital transformation is underway, it is far from certain that all will benefit from the changes it brings about. There is a significant danger that we could transfer today’s inequalities into tomorrow’s digital future. We must proactively work to avoid this risk.

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