Bridging the Digital Divide in the COVID-19 era: Shaping Central Eastern European Perspectives
The emergency presented by the COVID-19 pandemic is shaking up the established order of things, and no one doubts it is yet another turning point in modern history. The digital transformation has proved to be key in preserving certain economic activities throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, it has also exposed the negative consequences of the digital divide, in terms of access to distance education or health care for example. Therefore, it is essential to improve the skills of workers in the digital economy, as well as to invest in education and business development. What has been the Central European experience or response so far?
This event aims at providing a unique reflection from the Central European region on the following key questions:
- Which policies and government strategies no longer fit with the world we are heading into? Which structures and processes have revealed themselves to be inadequate, unsuited or inappropriate for the world emerging from the crisis?
- Which policies or government approaches have proven themselves COVID-proof, and therefore still relevant (or even more so) after the crisis?
- What should we as policy-makers do differently? What should we change, what should we experiment with? Which primary goals or key principles should we keep in mind when supporting the creation of more resilient societies?
- Which questions are still unanswered? What challenges, to increase the administration’s crisis resilience, are not jet solved and which processes were tested but not successful?