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Symposium Digital Inequalities in the Post-Pandemic World



Join us for the symposium, "Digital Inequalities in the Post-Pandemic World," organized by the Centre for Social Informatics on Thursday, June 15th. The event will take place at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. It aims to explore the digital inequalities and their multi-layered implications for society that arose during the Covid-19 pandemic. Distinguished scholars in the fields of digital inequalities research, internet studies and social informatics will come together to discuss the impact of the pandemic on digital disparities, evaluating their effects in different societal domains and across diverse cultures.

The symposium will take place in Room 21 at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Kardeljeva ploščad 5, 1000 Ljubljana), starting at 9:00 am with a welcome address. The scientific program will be divided into two parts: research presentations starting at 9:15 am, and a roundtable discussion at 2:15 pm.

The symposium is free for all participants. In order to help with organization and to ensure that you receive event reminders, we kindly request you to register your attendance at the symposium. The online registration is available until June 12, 2023.

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Event description

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented changes in social dynamics that have continued to impact the post-pandemic world. In response to the demands of the pandemic, digital technologies have become a major pillar in communication, work, and service delivery, making the digital environment ubiquitous. However, this shift has also exposed and amplified pre-existing digital inequalities despite substantial efforts towards digital inclusion. Research shows that modern societies still face challenges as many vulnerable groups lack access to and skills to use digital technologies. Renowned scholars (Grant Blank, Eszter Hargittai, Bianca C. Reisdorf, Andraž Petrovčič, Philipp K. Masur, Anabel Quan-Haase) will come together for this event to examine the effects of the pandemic on digital inequalities and evaluate the significance of disparities and their impact on social well-being. This event offers an opportunity for scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to engage in a dialogue about strategies to address these challenges and promote equitable access to digital technologies and the internet. By fostering an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and perspectives, this event aims to generate innovative solutions and contribute to a nuanced understanding of digital inequalities in the post-pandemic era.



Funding information

The symposium is supported by the research projects “The implications of proxy internet use for the internet skills of older adults” (ARRS, J5-2558), “Digital inequalities and older adults in Slovenia: An evaluation of the measures implemented under the Digital Inclusion Promotion Act” (V5-2275), and “Digital inclusion and longevity society in the post-pandemic time” (BI-US/22-24-055), in collaboration with the programme group “Internet research” (P5-0399).