Geeks Without Frontiers contributes to the UN International Telecommunication Union Digital Skills Insights 2021

Anticipate the important role of digital skills in a digital ecosystem that is evolving in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Improving and strengthening the digital skills of all populations is essential to successfully manage the accelerated use of digital devices and applications in social and economic activities ”

– Michael Potter

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, November 22, 2021 / – Geeks Without Frontiers (GEEKS), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of internet connectivity to unserved populations, announced it has released an article for the published the publication “Digital Skills Insights 2021” of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a collection of articles by international experts on the impact of digital transformation on the development of capacities and skills , a discussion paper on ways to reduce the internet use gap in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to ITU data, in 2019, 46% of the world’s population did not use the Internet.[i] This number reaches almost 80% in the least developed countries. A large majority of the world’s population (93%) live in an area covered by at least one 3G mobile signal / service, [ii] However, the lack of skills is an obstacle for many to use the full potential of the Internet.[iii] The demand for digitization and digital skills has increased over the past year, as new digital tools, services and platforms have come online to help people continue to work, learn and socialize during the pandemic of COVID-19. Today, that demand shows no signs of slowing down, with the emergence of new solutions for the post-pandemic digital age. “Solving the digital skills gap is one of the main drivers of the N50 initiative, which will soon be launched by Geek. Improving and strengthening the digital skills of all populations is essential to successfully manage the accelerated use of digital devices and applications in social and economic activities, ”said Michael Potter, co-founder of GEEKS.

Digital Skills Insights 2021 offers eight articles focused on different types of digital skills required during and during the post-pandemic period. The articles also examine how digital skills training can be used to help communities in crisis. “Targeting the digital skills and literacy of underrepresented members of the population will increase the reach and impact of digital services and help close the ‘use gap’, used to refer to those who live in the footprint. broadband network but do not use the Internet. “Said Travis Heneveld, director of connectivity solutions at GEEKS, author of the article” From Connectivism to Connectivity: Digital Skills in the Context of COVID-19 “. “In addition to accelerating digitization, the pandemic has created what could be lasting job changes that require the retraining of new workers,” added Mr. Heneveld. Case examples showing concrete examples of digital skills policies, programs and initiatives from around the world, as well as lessons learned, are also presented.

“Digital Skills Insights” 2021 provides a body of knowledge that will facilitate academic research and innovation; inform policy debates and decisions among policy makers and regulators; and helping the private sector anticipate and plan human capital needs and skills. The eight articles in the publication examine the interrelationship between digital connectivity and digital skills, as well as the correlation with education, gender, digital divides and transformative aspects of the labor market. None of these elements should be treated in isolation but be part of a holistic approach to ensure the successful transition of countries to a digital economy.

The publication is available on the ITU Academy platform here:
The article “From Connectivism to Connectivity: Digital Skills in the Context of COVID-19” is available here: https: //

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Geeks Without Frontiers ( is an award-winning non-profit organization whose mission is to bring the benefits of broadband connectivity to the estimated 3 billion people who remain unconnected to help bridge the gap. digital divide and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Plus, the WomenConnect from Geeks Without Frontiers! The initiative focuses on gender equality and the empowerment of women by providing access to connectivity, technology and innovation that will provide women with unprecedented opportunities.

About the ITU Academy

The ITU Academy is the main online portal for ITU capacity development activities. It brings together under one roof a wide range of training activities and knowledge resources in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) and digital development. The main objective of the ITU Academy is to harmonize and integrate all ITU capacity development products and services.

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N50 is the initiative led by Geeks Without Frontiers that focuses on the next 50% of the planet who are not fully participating in digital. The main objective of the N50 partners is to initiate projects for marginalized communities using best practices for the long-term delivery of ICT solutions. N50 is an open and inclusive ecosystem that powers transformation in some of the world’s most challenging environments. Our on-the-ground ‘digital engagement’ live projects are designed to empower communities to access the educational, health, social and financial benefits that flow from affordable and sustainable digital inclusion. Your organization can make the difference! Submit a convincing project or a convincing solution! Join us in helping communities currently stuck at the edge of the network!

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