2021-04-25

Building a digital China, bridging the “digital divide” still needs work

By yqqlm yqqlm

China News Service, Fuzhou, April 25th (Reporters Li Jinlei and Long Min) China’s digital economy has leapt to the second place in the world, but at the same time, the digital divide still needs to be resolved. How to keep the elderly and other people from falling behind in the development of Digital China is an important issue. At the main forum of the Fourth Digital China Construction Summit held on the 25th, participants put forward their opinions and suggestions on this.

Building a digital China, bridging the “digital divide” still needs work

April 25, The 4th Digital China Construction Summit opened in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province. Photo by China News Service reporter Li Jinlei

Sheng Ronghua, deputy director of the National Cyberspace Administration of China, released the “Digital China Development Report (2020)” at the main forum. The report pointed out that during the 13th Five-Year Plan period, the construction of digital China has made important achievements and the vitality of the development of the digital economy has continued to increase. The total volume of my country’s digital economy has jumped to the second place in the world.

“Over the years, China’s digitalization has made gratifying progress, and the digitalization process of all walks of life is in the ascendant. Of course, with rapid and healthy development, we also see that there is still a lot of room for improvement.” Huawei rotates Chairman Hu Houkun said.

Hu Houkun pointed out that there are still considerable differences in the broadband experience of urban and rural users. The development of digital applications in different industries and fields is also uneven, and digital services still have many blind spots.

He said that, for example, among the elderly over 60 years old in China, more than 50% still have not used Internet services. Today, for young people, as long as a smart phone is in hand, basically everything can be done. However, for elderly parents, health codes, payment codes, online ride-hailing, and smart medical applications that seem very simple, but It often leaves them at a loss.

“We should pay attention to such special groups and prevent them from falling behind in the development of the digital world.” Hu Houkun said that the construction of a digital China requires the coordinated development of a digital economy, a digital society, and a digital government. It is recommended that all parties speed up theoretical research and policy formulation, and propose China’s digital governance framework and digital governance concepts in terms of the inclusiveness and sustainability of digital development, the security of digital infrastructure, and the protection of data privacy, so as to promote the global formation of fairness, Fair and non-discriminatory governance rules.

Wang Qinmin, vice chairman of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, suggested that the digital divide should be bridged, the coverage of information network public services should be improved, the construction of digital villages should be promoted, the digital divide between urban and rural areas should be gradually broken, and the application of mobile Internet should be promoted. The procedures are adapted to the aging process, the barrier-free transformation of government service platforms is accelerated, and the threshold for the use of informatization tools is lowered, so that the elderly, the disabled and other groups can also enjoy convenient informatization services.

The “14th Five-Year Plan” outline also proposes to speed up the construction of a digital society and build a digital life for all people. Strengthen the education and training of digital skills for all, popularize and improve citizens’ digital literacy. Speed ​​up the construction of information barriers and help the elderly and the disabled to share their digital lives.

Don’t let a person become an “outsider” in the digital age, which is also the proper meaning of building a digital China. (End)