Eight percent of Belgians never use the Internet, while 32% have poor digital skills. In other words, 40% are at risk of ‘digital exclusion’, a danger rising to 75% for those on low incomes. These are the findings of the VUB and UCL universities’ Digital Inclusion Barometer. Any hope of closing this digital divide is dependent on a number of factors: education, civil society, ICT students’ commitment in practice,… The Flemish Authorities Radicaal Digitaal programme takes the form of a five-year strategy for the development of digital knowledge up to 2024. Bart Somers (Open VLD), Minister for Equal Opportunities, has earmarked €50 million for this purpose, 30 million of which is intended to reach the most disadvantaged people and 20 million for digital skills enhancement.
Ten percent of Belgians have no Internet connection at home, a figure rising to 29% for low-income earners.