The ongoing global health crisis revealed an existing digital divide in France too. The most recent French statistics reflect an astonishing 13 million people affected by e-illiteracy, demonstrating an unbalanced distribution of competencies and tools.
Nowadays, knowing how to use technology is essential to access basic services like electronic payments or online medical appointments, however, research still reveals that the needed skills are not always present, even in the most advanced countries. Thus, 40% of French people admit to having problems using digital tools, and this is predominantly among senior citizens. Within this population group, more than 53% of the people, who are over 75-years-old, don’t always have the right equipment and/or competencies, demonstrating a sort of fear for digital technologies.
This phenomenon is not only limited to the elderly. It also affects younger generations who are sometimes uncomfortable with digital tools. They find themselves not having the proper competencies outside of the video game world.
ST Foundation’s Presence
In 2009, the Foundation became operational in France. The activities were mainly focused on presenting ICB courses to specific audiences like migrants and unemployed people to empower them to play a more active social role. Throughout the years, over 1,300 people were reached by the Foundation’s various initiatives.
With the Covid-19 outbreak, standard activities were put on hold. However, the new initiatives for “Society Digitalisation” were introduced. These activities targeted the most fragile social groups, who have been deeply impacted by this current situation, revealing a huge digital gap. For more details, please visit the dedicated section.