COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of digital and digital inclusion, it has widened the inequalities caused by digital exclusion, but is also acting as a catalyst, which is accelerating digital inclusion efforts. Digital Inclusion is fundamental to creating an equitable society, and digital is the great leveller.
In Greater Manchester, we want to create a truly "connected" city-region where everyone has equality of opportunity to access all that the region has to offer. We are known for our collaboration and that collaboration has enabled us to succeed and move at pace, digital inclusion is a global issue but great things happen when we work together!
This panel will discuss how the pandemic has been the catalyst for some of the fastest digital transformations ever seen, but that we must ensure our people remain at the heart of what we do. Citizens and businesses should be supported to overcome digital exclusion and we must ensure everyone has equality of access to services. Access to the digital world should be a basic human right, everyone whatever their age, location, or situation, should be able to benefit from the opportunities digital brings.