Pakistan’s current ICT policy focuses on increasing the access to internet-related technology more focus is needed on socio-economic factors which contribute to social inequalities in digital space. The ‘Digital Divide’ is defined as a gap within a population where access and use of Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) are only accessible to a small, educated and financially elevated urban population. On the other hand, the majority is exposed to inequalities which runs across class, gender, geographical location (rural/urban) and religious lines for which they cannot access ICT tools and remain disconnected from the rapid socio-economic and cultural transformation occurring in the internet age. Moreover, women in Pakistan are doubly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing digital space.
Realizing the need of a multi-stakeholder approach to bridge the digital divide in Pakistan, SPO devised ‘Digital Knowledge Transformation’ programme.
The overall goal of the programme is to create community-centric easy access to digital space for greater social mobility and democratic participation.
SPO aims to:
Through these interventions, SPO aims to raise awareness about malicious usage of ICT tools for data theft, online harassment, stalking and blackmailing. SPO will also use ICT tools as a cross-cutting intervention across all its programmes for the efficient implementation and enhanced monitoring and evaluation programs.