The Global Digital Divide: Past, Present, and Future


WoodrowWilsonCenter

Published on Nov 2, 2020

“The Global Digital Divide: Past, Present, and Future” will examine the changing nature of the digital divide challenge and what we have learned (and will have to do next) in order to envision and deploy solutions — now and in the future. Ten years ago, the conversation around the ‘digital divide’ was centered on internet access around the world. That issue hasn’t gone away and remains deeply important. Yet today, the digital divide is not just in the context of internet access, but in relation to what connectivity enables; for example, the digital infrastructure to mobilize human capital at a distance. This panel will broaden the digital divide discussion to include regions, such as Africa and the Middle East, that are all too often overlooked while addressing the evolution of the digital divide(s) globally and the importance of addressing the main drivers behind current and future iterations of these divides going forward.

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