& the digital divide
An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Digital connectivity became, for many of us, an essential part of our working and social lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing work to continue and for a degree of social contact to be maintained. For those with limited or no access to digital technology, or for those with limited digital skills – the pandemic brought increased inequality for both young and old.
Here we’re showcasing the work of researchers looking at such topics as digital skills, access and disability, older people and technology, and education and virtual learning during the pandemic. Lloyd Levine talks of the pandemic as a ‘focusing event’, shining a light on pre-existing digital inequalities in our society; and Mike Hynes calls for the need for a greater understanding of the societal, cultural, economic and environmental challenges posed by our new digital age.
How can we begin to narrow the digital divide? If you would like to contribute to the discussion or have research relating to digital inclusion and the digital divide, we’d love you to get in touch.
This mission is aligned with our Fairer society goal
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Prof Simon Rogerson of the De Montfort University, Leicester talks about how the the digital divide has become one of the most significant social divides of our time.
Presented by: Mike Hynes (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
Presented by: Lloyd Levine (University of California, USA)
Presented by: Dr Johanna Birkland (Bridgewater College, USA)
Presented by: Natalia Kucirkova (University of Stavanger, Norway)
Presented by: Eleonora Pantano (University of Bristol, UK)
Presented by: Bridget Penhale, Editor of The Journal of Adult Protection (School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK), Ann Anka (School of Social Work, University of East Anglia, UK), Helen Thacker (Adult Social Services, Norfolk County Council, UK)
Over 5,000 people with learning disabilities in England have already benefited from Digital Lifeline - a unique partnership project led by Good Things Foundation - a digital inclusion and social change charity with a vision for a world where everyone benefits from digital.
Dr Emma Stone from the Good Things Foundation talks about poverty & digital exclusion for the disabled.
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If you would like to contribute to the discussion, take a look at our different routes to publication and contact us to get involved.
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The Fairer Society gateway focuses on the creation of a just, inclusive society without any barriers to participation.
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We really welcome insights not only from researchers but practitioners too about their work.
If you would like to contribute to the discussion, or you are working on research in areas related to digital inclusion and the digital divide, please let us know by filling in this form.