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Redefining the Digital Divide: Report from The Economist Intelligence Unit



Redefining the digital divide from a technological problem to one of usage gaps is important to better understand the path towards a more inclusive digital society from which all stakeholders can benefit. Report commissioned by Huawei, 2013.

In many parts of the world, the so-called digital divide of today is an issue that goes beyond a gap in Internet access. It now encompasses access to higher broadband speeds and the willingness and ability to use them, or the degree of “useful usage” in the public and private sectors alike. The strategies for overcoming the digital divide vary among countries, both in terms of leadership, funding and technologies, and do not necessarily address underlying gaps, such as affordability, usage, and relevance of content.