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At the 2021 Asia-Pacific Community Networks Summit: Innovating Policymaking to Connect the Unconnected

Asia-Pacific, home to over half the world’s population, is the largest and most diverse region of the globe. Four of its countries (China, India, Indonesia, Japan) also account for more than half of the world’s mobile subscriber base. Yet a significant part of the population remains unconnected.

The current global pandemic has made the role of digital technologies—and the urgent need to provide affordable and accessible connectivity to everyone—stark.

ICTs and Financial Inclusion: Who Are Those Left Behind in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia?

A new policy paper explores available data from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia to identify those groups that have been left furthest behind in a range of indicators. Using innovative methodologies and analytical tools, the paper reveals gaps because those who have access to basic opportunities and services, and those who don't.

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Mapping Online Child Safety in Asia-Pacific

The Internet plays a central role in developing and augmenting the capacities of the youth. However, use of the Internet also entails new risks regarding their safety and protection both in the physical and virtual worlds. Therefore, it is important to understand how to implement appropriate measures and enhance their effectiveness rather than quick-fix interventions to limit children’s online access which can cause a loss of benefits the Internet can deliver. However, there has been only limited research on child online safety measures in Asia and the Pacific.

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