Laurel West from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) presents a fresh take on the causes of the digital divide. How can we bring the 4.4 billion unconnected online?
Key Findings of the EUI Redefining the Digital Divide Report
Income and affordability are the most serious contributors to the digital divide today (63%), followed by a lack of digital skills and the ability to use digital technologies (56%)
Who should fund the digital divide remains the biggest point of contention between government and industry leaders (30%), followed by disagreements on the need for enhanced IT skills (17%) and the role of competition and regulation (15%)
Digital skills – a person’s ability to access, adapt and create knowledge using digital tools – was cited as’very’ or’somewhat important’ by 99% of respondents, while 100% of respondents believe digital skills will become more important for people and businesses over the next three years.
Partnerships, such as the private sector working with public sector subsidies (49%) or formal Public-Private Partnerships (41%), are considered the best approaches to leading solutions to the digital divide. Only 17% of respondents think the private sector alone is best suited to leading the challenge of the digital divide.
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