Digital Divide is traditionally seen as the old vs. young, poor vs. wealthy, less educated vs. highly educated and South-East Europeans s vs. West Europeans with the latter using internet, mobile devices etc. frequently and voluntarily whilst the former have obstacles in accessing these technologies. When looking at practical cases like the acceptance of eInvoices by governments in the Danube Region, doubts arise: German authorities do not need to accept e-invoices whilst they are mandatory in Austria and accepted in Moldova. Free WiFi is available at Hungarian and Macedonian State Railways whilst Germany struggles to introduce it on its railways. Can we still uphold the significance of the Digital Divide in the light of these phenomena?
The conference aims to explore to what extent the Danube Region is digitally divided, what the driving forces of these divisions are and what factors determine them. Understanding the Digital Divide is pivotal to promote cohesion in the Danube Region and to design effective policies to enhance regional integration.
The conference addresses public sector practitioners and policy makers, industry professionals and academia alike. The disciplines covered are primarily information sciences, law and administrative science, political science, sociology and economics.
Conference language: English
If you only want to register for the podium discussion “The New Digital Divide. Is Digital Divide About Technology or Civic Skills?”, which will take place at Andrássy University on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30pm please click here.