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The Digital Gender Divide

Susan Teltscher, Eric Thimba | Digital Planet


The UN reports a widening digital gender gap
The UN’s International Telecommunications Unit has published a report showing that over 4 billion people are now online worldwide. Despite this, the proportion of women using the internet is still much lower than men, especially in the developing world. Susan Teltscher, Head of the Human Capacity Building Division, describes the significance of this growing divide.

Mookh opens up e-commerce opportunities in Kenya
Mookh is a Nairobi-based company that allows users to sell their products online. Founder Eric Thimba describes how the platform has allowed many Kenyan creatives to monetize their products and the boon of mobile money to the African economy. The platform has recently launched in Uganda and Rwanda.

Curiosity photographs dunes on Mars
The Curiosity rover has been exploring Mars since its landing in 2011. Professor Sanjeev Gupta of Imperial College London explains how planners and software engineers work together to conduct experiments remotely, and muses on the potential of sending a real human to the red planet.

Reflecting on humanity and data through dance
Hannah Fisher reports on Overflow at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Presented by the Alexander Whitley Dance Company, the piece merges movement and technology to contemplate the nature of being human in an era of big data.

Producer: Ania Lichtarowicz

Photo: Young Somali refugee women look at a smartphone
Credit: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images


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