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Digital expansion helps rich more than poor: World Bank report

Says gains of higher growth, more jobs and better public services also short of expectation, recommends more focus on access

Digital expansion helps rich more than poor

Despite rapid adoption of digital technologies across the world, the anticipated dividends of higher growth, job creation and better public services are well short of expectation, says the World Bank in its World Development Report 2016. And, rather than the poor, the more affluent sections have garnered a disproportionate share of the benefits of rapid digital expansion, it adds. Digital technologies have over the past decades succeeded in bringing the excluded sections of society into the formal system. The number of internet users has more than tripled in a decade, reaching an ...