Digital inequality in China: Lessons for a digital India
On 1 July 2015, India embarked on a master-plan named Digital India to transform itself to “digitally empowered society and knowledge economy,” with three things in focus. These were — digital infrastructure, digital governance and services and digital empowerment of citizens. Various policy and investment measures have been undertaken with notable accomplishments.
On the other side of the Himalayas — China, as a forerunner — has drawn worldwide attention in recent years for its rapid digitalisation, which happens to overlap with Digital India’s three focul points. While China can be inspiring to India’s ongoing efforts, its rapid digitalisation comes with both dividends and side effects.