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How digital technology can reduce inequality

  • Putu Geniki L. Natih

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Oxford, UK   /   Thu, August 13, 2020   /  11:34 am
How digital technology can reduce inequality Technology has played and continues to play a vital role in efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. (Antara/Aloysius Jarot Nugroho)

Renowned economist Tony Atkinson argues that “if we are concerned about equality of opportunity tomorrow, we need to be concerned about inequality of outcome today”. Never was this statement truer than today, as Indonesia, and nations of the entire world, continue to face the devastating welfare and economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unless governments act now, more people will be pushed toward extreme poverty, further entrenching those who are most vulnerable, whilst giving rise to challenges that not only encompass economic well-being but also include other multidimensional aspects of poverty and inequality; particularly inequality in health and access to education as well as drastic changes in peoples’ standards of living. The pandemic seems to further highlight the importance of the first and tenth Sustainable Development Goals, namely to...

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