Towards narrowing the socio-digital divide during and post the Covid-19 pandemic

Elli Georgiadou, Kerstin Siakas , Harjinder Rahanu , Ratko Knezevic, Margaret Ross, Geoff Staples

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    Abstract

    The COVID 19 pandemic brought to light pre-existing social inequalities across the world and within countries. The disadvantaged groups of people suffered the most in terms of loss of life and loss of livelihood. The economic impact across the world has challenged even the most advanced economies. The negative impact on the economy as well as the quality of life, mental health and educational experience have been disproportionately higher in developing countries and among disadvantaged groups of people such as rural communities, refugees, the low-waged and the unemployed. Considering education and the sudden transition from the traditional face-to-face model to virtual delivery it has been seen that the pre-existing digital divide widened. In
    this paper we view the inequalities in educational opportunity as a socio-digital divide. Using an ethical approach embodied in the United Nations and UNESCO principles we propose a holistic method of analysis which led us to a set of mitigation strategies for addressing this divide in the short, medium, and long term.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEpistemology: Opinion, Belief and the Reality
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the international scientific conference “Western Balkan information and media literacy” WBIMLC 2021
    PublisherLimerick Institute of Technology
    Pages23-35
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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