Since 1997, there has been a huge increase in internet users in Latin America. However, challenges remain. How can we connect the other 50 percent of the population that is still not connected? How do we improve the entire digital landscape so Latin America can reap the benefits of digital connection?
In our Digital Life in the City Panel, we pondered about what digital life is and what may be limiting our growth in digitization. We contemplated that the barriers to creating a better digital life in Latin America may be more about culture and willingness than technology and access.
What Is Digital Life?
Today we are more connected than ever before. We use technology to enhance, share and control the world immediately around us—turning on lights, networking on demand, locating the nearest bike rack or parking space, all from pocket-sized devices. Our connectivity is not only expressed person to person and at the individual level.
Disabilities have a lot in common with the many of the technology markets I have analyzed for the last 30 years: each was developed and considered in isolation, solutions were specific to each area, and the cost was excessive. Nothing united the disability segments just like nothing united the different streams of technology. Until now.
Digitization can be defined as the capacity to use digital technologies to generate, process, share and transact information. For digitization to have a significant impact, it must be widely adopted in the society, embedded in the process of delivering goods and services, and also relied upon to deliver public services.
During the past two decades, the IT & Communications industry revolutionized our world by greatly enhancing what our minds can do.