通过促进数字包容和经济复苏弥合数字鸿沟

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如果说这场大流行突出了什么,那就是互联互通是生命线和机遇的同义词。个人或家庭的连通性水平直接决定了他们所接受的教育和保健的质量。然而,更多的进展和目标必须集中数字包容上;不仅因为这是一件公平的事情,而且因为从这一点开始不采取行动将极大地促进数字鸿沟的扩大

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弥合数字鸿沟的好处不仅仅是社会责任。作为一个全球社会,普遍互联互通的伦理和经济层面不是相互排斥的,而是相辅相成的

如果说这场大流行突出了什么,那就是互联互通是生命线和机遇的同义词。个人或家庭的连通性水平直接决定了他们所接受的教育和保健的质量。这也影响一个人获得政府和其他关键服务的同时建立和维持生计的能力。那么,那些没有联网的国家会发生什么呢?如果不能公平地接入互联网,我们能指望我们的经济增长多少呢?你知道吗

到今天为止,世界近一半的地区仍然没有联系。数字时代的未来10年里,无法将这大约34亿人联系起来,数字鸿沟的影响就有可能无法恢复。简而言之,我们的时间不多了

COVID-19流感大流行使联邦、州和地方各级政府不得不重新评估其IT需求。各国政府重新设想了核心职能的连续性和公共服务的提供,同时努力实施能够使数字技术具备新能力的解决办法。然而,更多的进展和目标必须集中数字包容上;不仅因为这是一件公平的事情,而且因为从这一点开始不采取行动将极大地促进数字鸿沟的扩大

弥合数字鸿沟的好处不仅仅是社会责任。把不相连的网络连接起来会带来明显的经济回报。作为一个全球社会,普遍互联互通的伦理和经济层面不是相互排斥的,而是相辅相成的

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英文译文:

If the pandemic has highlighted anything, it is that connectivity is synonymous with a lifeline and an opportunity. The level of connectivity an individual or a household has directly determines the quality of education and health care they receive. This also influences a person’s ability to establish and maintain a livelihood while also obtaining government and other critical services. So what happens to those that aren’t connected, and how much can we expect our economies to grow if equitable access to the internet is not available?

As of today, nearly half of the world remains unconnected. The inability to connect those roughly 3.4 billion people over the next 10 years of the digital age risks the effects of the digital divide becoming unrecoverable. In short, we are running out of time.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged governments at the federal, state and local level to entirely re-evaluate their IT needs. Governments have re-imagined the continuity of core functions and delivery of public services while working to implement solutions that could enable new capabilities in digital technology. However, additional progress and objectives must focus on digital inclusion; not just because it is the equitable thing to do, but because inaction from this point forward will dramatically contribute to the widening of the digital divide.

The benefits of bridging the digital divide go beyond social responsibility. There are distinct economic returns attached to getting the unconnected online. As a global society, the ethical and economic dimensions of universal connectivity are not mutually exclusive but complementary.

 

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