Digital divide: can we close the gap?

In many ways, digitalization has made the world of work a better place, supporting growth in both productivity and earnings. Yet many groups of workers, especially those who are already disadvantaged and marginalized such as women, older people and people with disabilities, face a dual challenge associated with unequal access to digital technologies, compounded by a lack of abilities to use them. This lack of access to modern technologies has been even more pronounced in traditional divides – rural versus urban, and developing and emerging versus developed economies. Other characteristics such as age and skill levels add to the widening gap. In this episode, Professor Balaji Parthasarathy from the International Institute of Information Technology in Bangalore, India, and Matteo Sostero from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center discuss the digital divide and offer some ideas for bridging it.

The Future of Work Podcast Series was created on behalf of the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Guests

Professor Balaji Parthasarathy

International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India

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