A digital revolution may be bringing information and communication technologies (ICTs) into almost every part of the developed world’s economy and society. However, four billion people remain offline, excluded from the digital economy. People and communities in developing countries risk being cut out of the online world, because of a digital divide between the ICT haves and have-nots.
How can we bring the benefits of ICT to the wider world? It is not enough simply to provide people with internet access. Developing countries also need, affordable devices, essential skills, digital inclusion and capacity to manage and protect data.
New technologies offer the promise of delivering sustainable development, giving hope to poor and vulnerable communities that they too can be dynamic players in the digital economy. But more needs to be done to share the full benefits of the digital revolution with every part of the world.