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Month: April 2021

  • Digital Poverty

    The reliance on digital technology has been intense since the beginning of the pandemic, with an acceleration in capability of technologies to ensure the continuity of public and social practices by bridging physical distance. Digital transformation has created opportunities and benefits which had not been thought of and embraced before. The application of digital technologies by public and private stakeholders enabled them to adapt to the new reality. For example, academic institutions have moved their learning, recruiting, assessment, interaction and support services to the virtual space.

    The accelerated expansion of digital technologies in many spheres of life has increased concerns over a widening digital gap. Recent statistics show that there are over 16 million people in the UK who are digitally excluded. Against the backdrop of the growing integration of digital technologies in our lives, the March Sphere Digital Thursday webinar was organised to discuss how digital poverty is manifested and what it means to be digitally excluded. Professor Alastair Irons from the University of Sunderland shared insights about digital poverty in the education sphere. The talk facilitated a wider discussion about the roots of unequal digital opportunities, the impacts that it has and the steps that are important in tackling digital poverty.