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Socio-digital Inclusion

It broadens access to information, knowledge and possibilities for insertion in the labor market.

Digital technology pushes through the boundaries of time and space and brings people and cultures together by opening windows to look into wonderful, remote experiences worthy of being reproduced. It gives people autonomy and broadens areas for communication and inclusion in the world and workforce. It also gives people the access to global products, services, and content. Being socially-digitally included means to have access to digital communication devices and fully enjoy the empowerment they give, especially that from access to the Internet.

It is now understood that not being able to access the Internet and other platforms that enable digital communication means that one cannot exercise basic rights. This becomes even truer considering that the global economy grows increasingly dependent on the digital environment, which in turn has also grown into an important space for political and social discussion and access to information. Therefore, the digital environment truly enables one to exercise his or her basic rights of citizenship.

For this reason, we defend that digital inclusion should be included as an item on the list of definitions of poverty defined by the Indian economist, Amartya Sen. Sen detached the concept of poverty from the concept of income through multiple studies around the world. He defended that the concept of poverty is multidimensional of which definition goes beyond that established by the World Bank that states poverty means to live on less than $2 a day. For Sen, poverty means depriving one of basic needs such as health, education, and housing.

Com oportunidades sociais adequadas, os indivíduos podem efetivamente moldar seu próprio destino e ajudar uns aos outros.

(Amartya Sen, book: Development As Freedom, 2000)


Putting it into context

Latin America and the Caribbean have a long road ahead in the struggle for digital inclusion, especially in regards to access to broadband technology, which allows one to perform more complex tasks on the Internet. Although 49% of the population in these areas has access to the Internet, only 35% has access to mobile broadband services. (Alliance For Affordable Internet – 2017)

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Data released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Telecommunication Union - 2017

Internet Access

Another important information we discovered about Brazil, specifically, is that although the country ranks 10th from among 58 with Internet access, only 29% of minimum wage income families have Internet at home. This is a stark contrast against the 97% of families that earn 10 times more. (UN Conference on Trade and Development – 2017)

59% of the population access
Families with income up to 1 minimum wage
Families that charge up to 10 minimum wages
Class D and E
Class A

Data from the Household ICT survey, released by Information Center and Coordination of Ponto Br (

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But improving access to the Internet and digital communication devices is not enough.

People should be made aware of how to properly use these technologies as well as understand their potential and political, social, and educational influence. It is also important that the public begin to think of tools that are empowering and motivational, yet also destructive. This is where we step in. Nice to meet you!