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The Global Digital Divide: Past, Present, and Future

Date & Time

Oct. 30, 2020
1:00pm – 2:30pm


Live Webcast

The Global Digital Divide: Past, Present, and Future

"The Global Digital Divide: Past, Present, and Future” will examine the changing nature of the digital divide challenge and what we have learned (and will have to do next) in order to envision and deploy solutions -- now and in the future. Ten years ago, the conversation around the ‘digital divide’ was centered on internet access around the world. That issue hasn’t gone away and remains deeply important. Yet today, the digital divide is not just in the context of internet access, but in relation to what connectivity enables; for example, the digital infrastructure to mobilize human capital at a distance.  This panel will broaden the digital divide discussion to include regions, such as Africa and the Middle East, that are all too often overlooked while addressing the evolution of the digital divide(s) globally and the importance of addressing the main drivers behind current and future iterations of these divides going forward.

Questions about this event can be directed to the Science and Technology Program through email at or Twitter @WilsonSTIP using hashtag #GlobalDigitalDivide

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Science and Technology Innovation Program

The Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) brings foresight to the frontier. Our experts explore emerging technologies through vital conversations, making science policy accessible to everyone.  Read more

Africa Program

The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more