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Digital Connections, Agency and Transformation 
Supriya Garikipati (University College Dublin)
Simeon Yates (University of Liverpool)
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Abigail Davis (Loughborough University)
Edith Morley 175
Wednesday 28 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The world is increasingly becoming digitised in its connections. In this context, digital inequalities (access and capabilities) have emerged as as one of the major transformation challenges we face. This panel will consider aspects around digital inclusion/exclusion (standards, metrics, impact).

Long Abstract:

The world is increasingly becoming digitised. Since the pandemic, there has been a tremendous transformation in the way humans connect, both professionally and socially. 'Digital inclusion' - access to digital devices and infrastructure and the capabilities to use these have become significant determinants of life outcomes. Digital inclusion or digital agency has emerged as one of the major transformation challenges that the world faces, one with the capacity to mitigate Climate change and support the attainment of critical SDGs, especially Goals 3 (inclusive education); 8 (inclusive growth) and 11 (inclusive cities).

COVID-19 not only propelled digital connections but has also laid bare deep digital inequalities both in the Global North and G-South. Lack of digital agency constraints the knowledge-acquiring and income-generating potential of an individual, thus inducing a vicious cycle of further limiting one's ability to be digitally connected. It is also likely to have intergenerational implications linked to the ability to access information or educational content and access to support services.

This is an exciting space with several pertinent questions. What is the progress on D-inclusion in different contexts? What is the minimum digital standard to be considered as digitally included? How does this differ for the GN and GS? What are the early childhood implications of D-exclusion? Impact on employment opportunities? Capacity to slow down climate catastrophe? Impact on innovations for sustainability? How has digital infrastructure propelled financial inclusion? And so on.

The panel is especially interested in theoretical lens and intersectional approaches to the study of D-inclusion/exclusion.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Wednesday 28 June, 2023, -