ICTs have the potential to help reduce inequality both within and between countries by enabling access to information and knowledge to disadvantaged segments of society – including those living with disabilities, as well as women and girls. However, by the end of 2016, more than half of the world's population – 3.9 billion people – were not yet using the Internet and access was uneven between genders and geographically. Reducing inequalities cannot be achieved without addressing these underlying issues.
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ICTs give us equal opportunities for a better future (Punto Mexico Connectado Project)
An interactive session on robotics, which aims to give children insight and develop their ICTs skills from an early age. Puntos Mexico Conectado Program seeks to bridge the digital divide in order to increase the access to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and maximize the endless possibilities they have to offer. The PMC program achieves this objective by installing one center in each state of Mexico, generally located in areas that are highly marginalized with elevated poverty rates. In this way, the program benefits those who are less likely to have access to either connectivity or computers in their everyday life.
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WSIS Stocktaking Report 2017
68.4% of the world’s adults have net worth of under US$ 10,000. Their total share of global wealth is just 4.2%. The
richest 0.5% of adults globally hold well over a third of the world’s wealth.1
Case study – Colombia
Convertic programme has been developed by the government to enable visually-impaired people to have autonomous access to information and knowledge, education, job opportunities and entertainment through the use of ICTs. The best screen reader and magnification software available on the market is provided to users for free, enabling independent access to computers, commonly used Office applications, music and video players, and the Internet. Convertic provides an economy-of-scale model that allows Colombia to offer this vital tool to every single one of the country’s 1.2 million visually-impaired citizens.
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ITU150 Story: Innovating with Lobna
Why should accessible technology matter to us?
It is estimated that 1 billion people live with some kind of disability around the world. ICT accessibility advocate Lobna Smida (@s_lobna) explains that though there have been transformative innovations in technology for people with disabilities, there is still a long road ahead before we have a truly inclusive information society.
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