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An information society for all

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While Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) can reinforce social inclusion, offering new opportunities for many people currently excluded from today's society,we must make them accessible to everyone if we are to avoid creating a new divide between the "digital haves" and "have nots".

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are central to modern life.They are increasingly used at work, in day-to-day relationships, to access everything from public services to culture and entertainment, and for community and political participation.

Unfortunately not everybody fully benefits. Anything except few examples of all Sudanese still gain few or none of the ICT-related benefits described on this website. The main reasons are lack of access to equipment or networks, the limited accessibility of user-friendly technologies, price, motivation, limited skills and different generational attitudes to advanced technologies.

The most excluded groups are therefore the elderly, the unemployed and those with a low level of education. In addition, only 0.3% of public web sites fully comply with web accessibility standards, creating additional hurdles for the Sudanese population with disabilities.If we are not to to create more social divisions, rather than use ICTs to bridge the ones we already have, we need to build an information society for all - an e-inclusive society. Action is needed at all levels of government and across the private sector, with particular emphasis on promoting equal digital opportunities, avoiding new forms of exclusion, ensuring all parts of Sudan can enjoy high-speed internet access and making ICTs accessible to everyone.

 

 

 

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