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For four billion reasons, affordable internet is vital for global recovery

No access to technology is a big driver of inequality. The ‘new normal’ needs to include broadband for all, say experts

Michael Taylor

From online schooling to working from home or video calls with family, the internet has helped billions of people adapt and survive during the coronavirus pandemic.

But as lockdowns ease and social-distancing rules remain, human rights experts say countries must now ensure all citizens, especially women, the elderly and rural communities, get access to affordable internet to avoid being left behind.

“This virus is going to be around for a while,” said Kanni Wignaraja, head of the UN Development Programme for Asia-Pacific...

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