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As a result of the digital revolution, e-commerce is increasingly becoming the central channel through which global economic activity takes place. However, not everyone has equal access to digital infrastructure and digital knowledge. There is therefore a risk that certain segments of the population, as well as poorer countries, lose out on opportunities to participate in and benefit from the digital economy. This may result in growing inequalities not only within a country but also between countries.

This round table at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Trade and Sustainability Hub will explore how the digital divide leads to digital inequalities, and impacts e-commerce development and governance. It will also examine how the digital divide is addressed in recent trade agreements and the World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations: Do they go far enough to promote inclusive e-commerce? And what more can be done?

Diplo’s Head of Digital Commerce and Internet Policy Marília Maciel will participate in this session, which will be held on Wednesday, 15th June, 7am –8am EDT.

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