Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion

On 19 March, IAMCR launched its Webinar Series with the webinar titled "Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion", addressing the issue of digital gaps and focused on integration opportunities for different social groups. The event was co-hosted by the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University and IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group.

"Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion" webinar was moderated by the Dean of the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Education Professor Elena Vartanova.

The list of speakers included Anna Gladkova (Lomonosov Moscow State University) and Nikita Argylov (Far Eastern Federal University) with a joint presentation on ‘Digital inclusion and ethnicity: Mapping differences between Russians and Yakuts online’, Gerard Goggin (Nanyang Technological University) with ‘AI and digital inclusion: The case of disability’ presentation, Massimo Ragnedda (Northumbria University) with ‘From digital divide to algorithms divide: The evolution of digital inequalities’ presentation and Bibi Reisdorf (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) with ‘Digital inclusion of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals: Case studies from the United States’ presentation.

The presentations focused on most recent studies on the digital inclusion of people with disabilities, incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, various ethnic and cultural groups. The speakers also discussed the evolution of digital divide, as major technological and social problem and integration opportunities for different social groups in the global and national contexts.

The IAMCR webinars are a new initiative to promote engagement and participation amongst members, serving as a visibility platform for the work that is done by the association’s sections and working groups.