The digital transformation has had a profound impact on our daily lives and created new inequalities – in access to equipment and networks, culture and uses – that keep some citizens from exercising their online rights and responsibilities. The digital divide is also accentuating vulnerabilities to a number of risks – fake news, cyberattacks, personal data theft – and brings with it the responsibility to educate, train and help all citizens protect themselves from the dangers of the digital world.
The digital divide in numbers:
- 48% of the world's population does not have Internet access.
- 57% of European citizens have basic computer skills while 17% have none at all.
This is why Thales is committed to giving everyone access to digital technology, by supporting:
- The responsible use of digital technology to prevent risks to personal identity and societies
- Digital inclusion through basic skills acquisition
- Citizen engagement in society through non-profit tech solutions
Who are we trying to reach?
- Groups most affected by the digital divide: the elderly, rural populations, the disabled and vulnerable and socially excluded groups
- People exposed to digital risks
- Civil society actors engaged in promoting participatory citizenship