Digital Infrastructure: Overcoming the Digital Divide in China and the European Union
CEPS Research Report, ISBN: 978-94-6138-646-5
53 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 16, 2017
This study is the result of collaboration among a group of researchers from CEPS and Zhejiang University (ZJU), who decided to team up and analyse the experience of China and the EU in bridging the digital divide. While acknowledging that both China and Europe have undertaken major efforts to reduce socio-economic and geographical disparities by providing network access to ever more citizens, the authors found that investing in physical access alone is not sufficient to enhance inclusion in the information society. They argue that public authorities should also adopt corollary policies to spur social and economic cohesion through innovations that enable disadvantaged regions to catch up with more developed urban areas. In this context, the report calls upon governments to promote digital innovation and entrepreneurship, foster coordinated efforts and adapt their educational systems to the changing labour market.
Keywords: information society, China, EU, digital infrastructure,digital innovation, digital entrepreneurship
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