Viewpoint: Low Internet Access Is Driving Inequality
By Mercedes García-Escribano
Covid-19 and the great lockdown triggered a mass migration from analog to digital and highlighted that access to the Internet is crucial for socioeconomic inclusion.
High-speed Internet is key for working from home, for children’s education when they can’t attend school in person, for telemedicine, for benefiting from social support programs and for enabling access to financial services for everyone, especially for those living in remote areas.
As this map shows, the digital divide — the gap between those who have Internet access and those who don’t — is more like a chasm, both within and between countries.
Photo courtesy of Engin_Akyurt.