Why it matters

 

The evolution and fragmentation of our understanding of digital divide or digital gap and its different layers in recent years has resulted in dissonance between policy responses in the public sector and business strategies in the private sector. How to ensure equality of opportunity among businesses and citizens (which in turn has implications for growth) in the digital era is a matter of debate. Since both public and private entities must work together to solve the many aspects of the digital divide, it is time to identify the “how” based on the common ground between them and suggest workable solutions that leverage these commonalities.

The future of work in the digital economy

There is a growing need to elaborate a common vision of the future of work in the digital economy that accounts for all impact areas, from labour rights to tax collection, education and social support. This will require aligning strategies at the international level as well as examining new forms of participatory policymaking by involving workers with all other.

Universal, sustainable and equitable growth models for the digital age

Technology must be used to build resilient systems that let life flourish on earth and beyond, built with minimum resource inputs and energy usage. Models that promote distributed production, circular economy and sustainability tend to spread the benefits of the digital economy more evenly, while mitigating its harmful impacts on the planet. The challenge of this working group will be to understand which models work and redefining who participates in the economy, and how to distribute gains across the spectrum, from home-based micro-enterprises to high-growth businesses to multinational corporations that drive global economic activity.