Briding ICT Power

Digital Inclusion

Introduction

As a metropolis, Hong Kong is moving towards a knowledge-based economy. Such new economy has been accompanied with rapid development in information and communication technology (ICT). Most of the Hong Kong people have opportunities to get access to computers and internet. However, a considerable number of disadvantaged and deprived people have still been left behind. In the Government paper on “Digital 21: IT Strategy”, bridging digital divide is one of the top priorities.

 

Digital Divide in Hong Kong

Some vital statistics about Hong Kong (2012) are listed below:

Statistics about Hong Kong (2012)

Population:

7.17M

Per captia GDP:

HKD 285,402

Households:

2.38M

Households with personal computer at home

1.91M (80.3%)

Households with personal computer at home connected to the Internet

1.87M(78.6%)

Internet Users Aged 10+:

4.58M (73.4%)

Though Hong Kong is highly digitalized, the following statistics revealed that digital divide might have occurred in Hong Kong. The following tables show statistics on the gap on ICT usage between different disadvantaged groups and the mainstream community. 

2012 Internet Users among different household income groups

Monthly household income (HK$)

Rate  (%)

<$10,000

38.9

$10,000 - $19,999

82.3

$20,000 - $29,999

93.4

$30,000 - $39,999

94.6

$40,000 - $49,999

97.4

$50,000 and above

98.2

Total

78.6

 

2012 Internet Users among different age groups

Age group

Rate  (%)

10-14

97.8

15-24

98.6

25-34

97.5

35-44

90.9

45-54

75.4

55-64

48.8

65 or above

15.5

Total

72.8

 

2012 Internet Users among groups of different education levels
Education Level

Rate  (%)

Primary Education or below

28

Secondary / Matriculation

81.4

Tertiary Education or above

96.7

Total

72.8

 

Source: The Thematic Household Survey Report No.50 is published by the Census and Statistics Department (January 2013)