Parallel Session 3: Bridging the Digital Divides

Parallel Session 3: Bridging the Digital Divides

Surmounting the digital divide to enable universal Internet access requires, among other things, sustained investments for the expansion of infrastructure, the education of individuals with skills to effectively use web applications and adequate protection of privacy where data is exchanged for services. While especially marginalized groups, including girls and women, can benefit most from the Internet, it is them who may face higher hurdles to access since societal divisions are reproduced online. This session will explore initiatives to close digital divides and recommend ways to build capacities for participation of marginalized groups and support civil society voices, especially in the global South and amongst women and girls.