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UN calls for digital equity on International Day of Older Persons

UN calls for digital equity on International Day of Older Persons

United Nations, Oct 1 (Prensa Latina) To commemorate the International Day of Older Persons, the UN will hold a virtual event today focused on debating the need to guarantee digital equity for all ages.
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Developing policies to give access to these technologies, digital literacy and computer security for the elderly will be one of the main issues to be discussed at the meeting, all these focused on human rights.

According to recent reports from the International Telecommunication Union, women and older people experience digital inequity to a greater extent than other groups in society. They also tend to lack access to technologies more often, or often do not fully benefit from opportunities given by progress in this area.

As efforts are made to connect more people, new risks also crop up: for example, cybercrimes and misinformation threaten the human rights, privacy and safety of older people, the UN warned.

For this reason, the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres is currently planning to disseminate a roadmap to address these challenges and issue recommendations for concrete actions aimed at making a better use of digital technologies.

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