Digital gender divide persists

Billions are now online, but the digital gender divide persists in several ways. Women in developing countries still face difficulties in obtaining access. The number of women using the Internet is 12 percent lower than men, and in least developed countries, only one in seven women is online (compared to one in five men). Detailed statistics are available in the ITU’s report  ICT Facts and Figures 2017.  On the job front, in the USA, for example, Internet access is widely available, but technical career conditions are not generally favourable for women. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the largest global meeting of women technologists will discuss this issue in October.