Digital divide

Digital poverty is still impacting schoolchildren and their families in the third lockdown, with thousands lacking the tools they need.
Tory MPs, Tony Blair and leading charities warn Gavin Williamson youngsters falling behind "may never catch up".
'Those able to commoditise, package and resell data will have significant control over the resources and, with that, control power.'
The government and regulatory system is failing South Africans when it comes to this struggle to access information.
Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, machine learning and the Internet of Things are shifting the boundaries of how we live, work and govern. Yet, the pace at which we are introducing these new technologies does not match our ability as a nation to acquire the digital skills they demand of us.
Despite the world's growth in mobile use, affording an internet device in South Africa is still a privilege.
In South Africa, income, education and location determine if you're going to become a part of the digital economy.
The Government's Digital Strategy has huge potential, but we cannot expect a 'one size fits all' approach to digital skills provision to deliver the promise of nobody left behind. Instead, organisations must work collaboratively to create diverse programmes for diverse audiences that are inclusive by design, offering support to the few as well as the many.
With online classes, educational vlogs and blogs that answer questions, surely online is the place to be?
Women make up a majority of those without access to the internet which means that they are already disadvantaged from fully participating in globalisation.