Digital Divide

Technology can empower women

In the Philippines and Indonesia, women are increasingly using social media technology to expand their opportunities in business and politics. Photo: AFP

While technology has traditionally been a male preserve, women today are relating to it in ways that have a real impact on politics, business, culture and community. In particular, they are using mobile phones and the internet to make connections and communicate more.

Monday, 12 November, 2012, 3:30am

More to digital divide than access

Young men on their mobile phones in a slum in Mumbai, India; a country where according to the United Nations, more people have mobile phones than access to a toilet. Photo: AP

The digital divide describes the differences between people with access to information and communication technologies and those without. In 2003, global leaders acknowledged at the World Summit on the Information Society that without access, poor people would miss out on the benefits of the information society - such as improved education, health, agriculture, government services and trade.

20 Oct 2012 - 1:38am

Plan to help children bridge digital divide

Children from poor families have been promised help to access computers as the government moves to develop Hong Kong as a world-class digital city.

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Demand outstrips tech fund for needy

A fund set up to give the underprivileged access to the latest technology received a record number of applicants this year but was only able to help 20 per cent of them because of resource constraints.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Lawmakers fear 'digital divide' in the home

Legislators have called on the government to act to stem a 'digital divide' between affluent students and those who could not afford a home computer and internet access.

'Can you give an undertaking that if there is one child in a family that does not have a computer, they will be able to claim a surplus one?' said Civic Part legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung.

17 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Universal schooling creates its own problems in Africa

THERE CAN BE FEW better places to work than the top floor of offices just off Paris's famed Champs Elysee and a short walk from the Eiffel Tower.

9 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Plan to narrow the digital divide

Beijing yesterday vowed to eliminate the digital divide in the capital by expanding the population's access to telephones, television and the internet.

A recent survey by the Information Office of the Beijing Municipal Government found a huge gap in terms of internet access between the young and the elderly, the well-educated and the uneducated and the rich and the poor.

19 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

ITU seeks extra trade show funds

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) wants increased public funding and firm financial commitments from corporate sponsors if Hong Kong is to trump Geneva to host the 2006 Telecom Word trade show - the most prestigious event on the industry's international calendar.

6 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

ITU seeks extra trade show funding

Prestigious telecommunications event could end up costing more than the $70m budgeted by the government

6 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Schools express concern over growing digital divide

Some say they may not be able to fund upgrading of hardware under EMB plans

Schools fear a growing digital divide between those serving rich and poor communities as the government plans to put the onus on schools and parents to upgrade their IT hardware.

3 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Telecom Asia sets challenge for Busan

Organisers of Telecom Asia plan to boost attendance next year by moving the industry forum to South Korea, after posting a modest turnout in Hong Kong last year.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU) secretary-general Yoshio Utsumi announced on Friday that the southern city of Busan was picked as the new site for Telecom Asia.

15 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Telecom Asia sets challenge for Busan

Organisers of Telecom Asia plan to boost attendance next year by moving the industry forum to South Korea, after posting a modest turnout in Hong Kong last year.

International Telecommunications Union (ITU) secretary-general Yoshio Utsumi announced on Friday that the southern city of Busan was picked as the new site for Telecom Asia.

14 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Software prices hurting poor countries

A top Chinese trade official has called on developed nations to do more to bridge the 'digital divide', saying high software prices were constraining the development of poor countries.

Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade Long Yongtu said the world must strike a balance between protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) and making technology available to everyone.

14 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Long seeks leniency for poor nations

A top Chinese trade official has called on developed nations to do more to bridge the 'digital divide', saying high software prices were constraining the development of poor countries.

Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade Long Yongtu said the world must strike a balance between protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) and making technology available to everyone.

14 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Low skills behind employment crisis

A recent survey shows unemployment in all sectors rose in Hong Kong in 2000 compared with 1999.

Teenagers and middle-aged have been hardest hit by the economic downturn; many of them are finding it increasingly difficult to find jobs.

It is a pity that the Government does not come to grips with the problem. Why do people lose their jobs?

15 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

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