Digital Divide

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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12 January 2018

African Internet Governance Stakeholders Urge Governments to Put Premium on Digital Rights of Citizens African Freedom of Expression Exchange

The membership of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) and other African internet governance stakeholders attending the Sixth African Internet Governance Forum has called for the prioritisation of digital rights of all citizens across the continent.

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07 January 2018

Hauling the Internet to an Ex-Soviet Outpost High in the Caucasus Mountains New York Times

Several months ago, a team of men ascended the Greater Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. They led horses loaded with electrical wire, solar panels, batteries, toolboxes and drills powerful enough to grind through rock.

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05 December 2017

Neustar Moves From .BIZ To .NEUSTAR In Boost to New gTLDs

Neustar has completed the transition from its .biz TLD to its very own .neustar. As of yesterday (4 Dec) it launched its revamped global website. Now Neustar’s homepage resolves to and each of its solution areas can also be found on .neustar web addresses, such as, and

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03 December 2017

From the Arctic's Melting Ice, an Unexpected Digital Hub New York Times

The receding ice has opened new passageways for high-speed internet cables. Point Hope, a gravel spit in northwest Alaska, is along one of the new routes.

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02 November 2017

WhatsApp is becoming the customer service tool of choice for Nigerian e-commerce Quartz

As e-commerce continues grows in Nigeria, a new challenge has emerged in how to efficiently execute returns and manage failed deliveries.

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06 October 2017

We're all connected now, so why is the internet so white and western? The Guardian

We recently passed a milestone in the history of human connectivity – people online now ​make up the majority​ of the world’s population. This has largely gone unnoticed, but it is an important moment and not just for statistical reasons.

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05 October 2017

New digital era must ensure prosperity for all United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Information and communications technologies (ICTs), electronic commerce (e-commerce) and other digital applications are helping a growing number of small businesses and entrepreneurs in developing countries to connect with global markets and open up new ways of generating income. They are being leveraged to promote business, including the empowerment of women as entrepreneurs and traders, and to support productive activities.

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E-commerce growth is less important than how it impacts people United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The global economy is on the cusp of a new era as data overtakes oil as the world's most important commodity, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi has told an international meeting in Geneva.

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Luxembourg, Switzerland and Norway most ready to benefit from e-commerce United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

For the third straight year, Luxembourg has held on to its position atop UNCTAD's ranking of 143 countries' capacity to support online shopping and other business-to-consumer e-commerce. Among the top 10 economies in the 2017 UNCTAD B2C E-commerce Index, seven are European while three are from the Asia-Pacific region.

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17 September 2017

New Broadband Commission report highlights emerging global skills gap International Telecommunication Union

A new report from the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development entitled "Digital skills for life and work" shows that education systems worldwide are only just beginning to help learners cultivate the digital skills they need to excel in in our increasingly digitized societies.

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Broadband playing increasingly important role in development, says new global report International Telecommunication Union

Broadband technologies are today driving substantial transformation in many development-related sectors including health, education, financial inclusion and food security, making them a key accelerator towards achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a new report released by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development.

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20 August 2017

NZ’s digital divide now on display InternetNZ

A new map that clearly shows where digital divides exist in New Zealand is now available. InternetNZ has teamed up with the 20/20 Trust to build an interactive map called the Digital Divide Map - which shows the different digital divides facing New Zealanders and their communities.

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16 August 2017

Internet speeds across Africa are still far below the global minimum standard Quartz

It would take more than a day to download a high definition movie of 7.5 gigabytes in countries with the slowest internet speeds in the world. It turns out most of those countries are in Africa, data from a global broadband speed league shows.

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