Digital Divide

08 March 2020

African women have less access to the Internet than African men do. That's a problem. Washington Post

Today is International Women’s Day, an occasion to celebrate progress toward gender equity and assess the road still ahead. According to the United Nations, equal access to the Internet and other information and communications technologies is a key gender equality goal. That’s because it offers women an avenue through which they can claim rights and act on social, economic and political opportunities — whether starting businesses, getting education, finding jobs, obtaining health care, finding banking and other financial services, or joining in a wide variety of activities.

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02 March 2020

The Role Of Education And Skills In Bridging The Digital Gender Divide: Evidence From APEC Economies OECD

Women still lag behind in their ability to access, use and afford digital tools. Cultural barriers and stereotypes can affect their expectations as well, and may lead them toward less rewarding career paths in an increasingly digitalised and interconnected world.

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25 November 2019

Mobile Divides in Emerging Economies Pew Internet

Some still do not have mobile phones, and even phone owners struggle with connectivity and costs; they also face security issues

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29 September 2019

New study shows economic impact of broadband on least-developed, landlocked and small island nations International Telecommunication Union

Least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS)’ constitute 91 of the world’s most vulnerable nations. Some of them lag significantly behind in terms of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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19 July 2019

Melinda Gates pushes G7 to close digital gender gap in Africa The Guardian

World leaders are to pledge to shape the technological revolution sweeping through Africa by acting to lift the threat of 400 million predominantly rural women being excluded from digital financial services.

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Building the Sustainable Internet with a Spirit of Cooperation by Vint Cerf Marconi Society

While much has been written about bridging the digital chasm and connecting the next billion to the Internet, it is slow going to make it happen. Currently, 3.4 billion people do not have access to the Internet and the bulk of them live in developing countries and rural areas. In these underserved areas, women are far less likely to be connected to the Internet than men – in low and middle income countries, women are 10% less likely to own a mobile phone than men and are 26% less likely to use mobile Internet. This all means that the economic opportunities and human connections provided by the Internet are not readily available to the people who need it the most.

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10 March 2019

Mobile Connectivity in Emerging Economies Pew Research Centre

Publics see mobile phones and social media bringing certain benefits to them and their societies. But these views are paired with widespread concerns about their impact on children

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25 February 2019

Cellphone internet access bringing changes fast to Cuba Associated Press

... In the 2 1/2 months since Cuba allowed its citizens internet access via cellphones, fast-moving changes are subtle but palpable as Cubans challenge government officials online, post photos of filthy school bathrooms and drag what was one of the world’s least-connected countries into the digital age. Communist authorities, in turn, are having to learn how to deal with more visible pressure coming from outside of party-controlled popular and neighborhood committees.

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13 January 2019

Universal internet access unlikely until at least 2050, experts say The Guardian

Parts of the world will be excluded from the internet for decades to come without major efforts to boost education, online literacy and broadband infrastructure, experts have warned.

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Can America Really Have High Speed Internet for All? Harvard Law

If this country really has ambitions of having a 5G revolution like the one being talked about the Consumer Electronics Show this week, we need something else first.

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20 December 2018

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

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.

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Digital transformation must focus on women and girls Policy Options Politiques

If we are to close the digital gender divide, policy-makers need to develop policies to foster women’s and girls’ full participation in the digital economy.

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05 December 2018

America's Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Microsoft Study Says New York Times

New research from Microsoft says that far fewer people have broadband internet access than government statistics have shown.

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16 November 2018

More needs to be done to bridge the digital gender divide OECD

Barriers to access, education and skills, as well as ingrained socio-cultural biases, are driving a digital gender divide that is holding back women’s participation in the digital economy, according to a new OECD report.

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08 November 2018

New report amplifies voices of Kiwis experiencing digital exclusion InternetNZ

The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation and InternetNZ today published a research paper, Out of the Maze, to provide a platform for the voices of Kiwis experiencing digital exclusion.

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22 October 2018

Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age Associated Press

Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

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19 October 2018

Exclusive: dramatic slowdown in global growth of internet access The Guardian

The growth of internet access around the world has slowed dramatically, according to new data, suggesting the digital revolution will remain a distant dream for billions of the poorest and most isolated people on the planet.

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Life at the bottom of the global league of internet access The Guardian

Somalia is not a place for web addicts. Even in the capital, Mogadishu, coverage is patchy, expensive and unpredictable. Things are slightly better in the north, but further afield, and anywhere the al-Shabaab militant group holds sway, there is no internet at all.

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09 October 2018

UN report: Technologies can help lives but boost inequality Associated Press

New technologies from artificial intelligence to gene editing hold immense potential to improve people’s live — but can also drive greater inequality and social dislocation, according to a U.N. report launched Monday.

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05 October 2018

Melinda Gates Urges Tech Firms to Do More to Help the World's Poor Bloomberg

Melinda Gates called for big technology companies to do more to help the world’s poor by investing in wireless access and other projects that can help raise living standards for workers in developing countries.

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30 September 2018

Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development advances efforts to connect the world's nearly four billion "other half" International Telecommunication Union

Broadband technology is critical to connecting the 3.8 billion people around the globe who still do not have access to the Internet—the world's “other half." This is according to more than 60 participants from United Nations agencies, governments and the broadband industry, who came together in New York City today at the annual fall meeting of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. The global group of key influencers and decision-makers met parallel to the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations also taking place in New York City.

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03 September 2018

Malala Yousafzai calls for technology to help bridge the education divide CIO

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, cites the role of technology in her global campaign to promote education for girls.

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02 August 2018

The poor and low skilled are being left behind in the NZ digital world Stuff

As the world moves online, those who can't afford internet access are being increasingly disadvantaged, experts say.

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28 June 2018

Facebook scraps plans to build drone to deliver internet access The Guardian

Facebook is scrapping its plans to build a high-altitude solar-powered drone that would have delivered internet access to the developing world.

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28 January 2018

UN Broadband Commission sets global broadband targets to bring online the world's 3.8 billion not connected to the Internet International Telecommunication Union

Fifty per cent of the world's population is expected to be connected to the Internet by the end of 2019. This leaves the other half – an estimated 3.8 billion people – unconnected and unable to benefit from key social and economic resources in our expanding digital world. In response, the United Nations' Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has set seven ambitious yet achievable 2025 targets in support of "Connecting the Other Half" of the world's population.

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