Pushing back against the deepening inequality delivered by tech
The more successful a community becomes at building a digital economy, the more people it will move to the margins of society, whether due to poverty, lack of skills, prejudice or geography. To avoid that outcome, Intelligent Communities work to bridge the digital divide. They create policies and programs that provide offline citizens with access to computers and broadband, offer skills training and create incentives for the offline to embrace digital opportunity. Pursuing digital inclusion serves a practical as well as moral purpose. High inequality breeds rage and generates high costs for social services, criminal justice and acute healthcare. The entire community pays the price in poisoned politics, unemployment, homelessness and quality of life.
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