OECD Report Highlights Rural Digital Divide

A new report by the OECD looks at the digital divide in rural areas and examines how technology could bridge the divide. The ‘Bridging the Rural Digital Divide’ report, which is part of the OECD Digital Economy Papers series, covers a broad range of issues around the digital divide in remote and rural areas, and presents an overview of policies and technological developments that could impact the gap.

The report notes the importance of digital literacy in enabling access to the benefits of technology, stating that it links, “strongly with a population’s capacity to be innovative, productive and creative, and to participate in democracy and the digital economy.” Continuing, the report states, “Even where broadband Internet services are available, individuals may not be able to use the service to its fullest potential based on their level of digital literacy.”

The full report can be downloaded from the website of the OECD.