A New Normal,
Rebuilding an Inclusive Society Through Digital: Promoting Broadband Connectivity
and Digital Inclusion
○ Background and introduction
Currently the entire world is striving to overcome the COVID-19 crisis and we are realizing the benefits of digital technologies that can help respond to threats effectively and maintain communication among people. Digital technologies has come to function as a core system for society as a whole, more than just convenience. The other side of COVID-19 crisis as a catalyst for digital transformation suggests that it can serve as a tool for technological innovation and transformation into the New Normal era depending on how each country approaches the current crisis.
However, at the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic shed new light on the grave challenges related to digital technologies. While digital technologies make it possible to learn and work at home in an environment with Internet access, not everyone can enjoy such a benefit. The marginalized people who are not guaranteed sufficient access to the Internet and digital technologies are suffering from social inequality and discrimination as well as discomfort in their daily lives.
ICT Ministers Meeting was promoted from 2005 in order to share the policy experience and vision of various nations in ICT areas and devise methods of cooperation. Now it is time to come up with policies that can enable everyone to carry out economic activities and pursue a better quality of life using digital technologies. ICT Ministerial Meeting 2021 will be a valuable opportunity for participating countries to share their respective policies and vision under the theme of ‘A New Normal, Rebuilding an Inclusive Society Through Digital: Promoting Broadband Connectivity and Digital Inclusion’.
- Date / Venue: 1 December(Wed), 2021, at Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnass Hotel
- Host / Organizer: Ministry of Science and ICT, National IT Industry Promotion Agency
- Theme: ‘A New Normal, Rebuilding an Inclusive Society Through Digital: Promoting Broadband Connectivity and Digital Inclusion’
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