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UN warns about increased digital divide

UN warns about increased digital divide

United Nations, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) United Nations General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir warned recently about the increased digital divide in the world that affects millions of people amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
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In his speech at the high-level debate on digital cooperation and connectivity, Bozkir pointed out that such inequities threaten to become the new face of inequality.

The global pandemic has only worsened and underscored such an issue, he warned.

Bozkir stressed that with no greater and more inclusive cooperation on these issues, the expansion of digital connectivity could also bring about the risk of increasing inequalities.

Technologies are a game changer and are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and overcoming the present health crisis, but we will not see the whole benefits of the digital age if we do not address these divisions, Bozkir stated.

Currently, more than 3.7 billion people are digitally disconnected around the world and they have no possibility to work or learn remotely.

For this reason, it is so important to guarantee equitable digital empowerment for all, and to speed up such a progress.

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