Gaping digital divide in Commonwealth: Study

Gaping digital divide in Commonwealth: Study

Agency News

New Delhi, Feb 22 : There is a yawning digital gap between high and low income Commonwealth countries, a report launched in London this week revealed. The report, titled ‘The State of the Digital Economy in the Commonwealth’, shows only 18 per cent of people living in low-income Commonwealth countries have internet access, compared to 85 per cent in highincome countries.

According to a statement here,in fact, in 2015, just six members – the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Singapore and Malaysia – account for 85 per cent of total online sales to customers, worth $354 billion (1$= Rs 65). The same six make up 98.8 per cent of the Commonwealth’s total high-tech exports. Women often suffer from a 'double digital divide' in poorer countries, where they are 14 per cent less likely than men to own a mobile phone.

This means 200 million fewer women lose out on finding information, managing money online and other benefits. Disparities hinder global economic growth by holding back people and businesses from using new technology to trade more efficiently. (UNI)