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

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Ben Shenglin

Zhejiang University

Romain Bosc

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Jinpu Jiao

Zhejiang University

Wenwei Li

Zhejiang University

Felice Simonelli

CEPS

Ruidong Zhang

Zhejiang University

Date Written: November 16, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Shenglin, Ben and Bosc, Romain and Jiao, Jinpu and Li, Wenwei and Simonelli, Felice and Zhang, Ruidong, Digital Infrastructure: Overcoming the Digital Divide in China and the European Union (November 16, 2017). CEPS Research Report, ISBN: 978-94-6138-646-5, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3075161

Ben Shenglin (Contact Author)

Zhejiang University ( email )

38 Zheda Road
Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310058
China

Romain Bosc

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Jinpu Jiao

Zhejiang University ( email )

38 Zheda Road
Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310058
China

Wenwei Li

Zhejiang University ( email )

38 Zheda Road
Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310058
China

Felice Simonelli

CEPS ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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Ruidong Zhang

Zhejiang University ( email )

38 Zheda Road
Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310058
China

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