TACOMA, Washington — The digital divide denies half the world’s citizens access to digital education, work and participation in modern life. Without internet access, people in often vulnerable situations are suffering throughout pandemic-driven school and work closures. Stable internet access also makes up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic consistently attainable. This includes crucial information such as regional infection rates, locations of testing centers and hospital or urgent care hours.
In India, the digital divide is especially present and has further deepened because of conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The nation has the second-largest internet user base in the