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HT digital literacy conclave today

Hindustan Times will organise a Digital Literacy Conclave on Wednesday that brings together stakeholders to brainstorm over steps that should be taken to empower citizens using technology. HT reports. Digital literacy

india Updated: Aug 22, 2012 01:59 IST
HT Correspondent

Hindustan Times will organise a Digital Literacy Conclave on Wednesday that brings together stakeholders to brainstorm over steps that should be taken to empower citizens using technology.

The conclave will have a panel discussion on “Digital Literacy: Keeping India ahead in the Information Age”.

The panellists include Sachin Pilot, minister of state for communications & IT; Debjani Ghosh, managing director Intel South Asia; Sanjay Kapoor, CEO Airtel India & South Asia; Rajendra Pawar, chairman of NIIT Group and Osama Manzar, founder and director Digital Empowerment Foundation. Gautam Chikermane, HT’s executive editor (business), will moderate this discussion.

India boasts of around 120 million netizens that is expected to double over the next three years. However, one look at India’s population takes the wind out of the sails.

At 1.3 billion, India is the second-most populous in the world and our digitally-connected individuals comprise less than one in 10. Around 80% netizens are from urban locales and broadband connections in the rural area are appalling.

Changing that will be the starting point of the discussion.


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