Study on post Covid measures to close the digital divide
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The digital divide is a clear side effect of the fast-paced digital transformation of the economy and society that has taken place in the last two decades. Digital divides are not new, and, indeed, policy makers and other stakeholders (civil society organisations, development agencies, multilateral institutions) have been struggling to close them for years. During the Covid-19 pandemic, however, digital divides have grown in significance, widening pre-existing inequalities and becoming a key factor of social exclusion. For this reason, closing digital gaps has become one of the top political priorities in Europe.