(New York Times) Can the Internet save the world?
In some places, it has helped curb corruption, encouraged more girls to go to school and enabled citizens to monitor election violence.
But according to a report issued Wednesday by the World Bank, the vast changes wrought by technology have not expanded economic opportunities or improved access to basic public services in ways that many had expected. Rather, the report warned darkly, Internet innovations stand to widen inequalities and even hasten the hollowing out of middle-class employment.
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"Digital technologies are spreading rapidly, but digital dividends — growth, jobs and services — have lagged behind," the bank said in a news release announcing the report.