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We Need a Global Push to Connect the World's Young People

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Web Foundation co-founders Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Rosemary Leith

"Delivering Internet access to all young people is well within our reach," say Web Foundation co-founders Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Rosemary Leith.

Credit: World Wide Web Foundation

Tim Berners-Lee and Rosemary Leith are co-founders of the World Wide Web Foundation.

In the last 12 months, the web has been tested like never before. Today, as the web turns 32, it has proven to be a lifeline that allows us to adapt and carry on. 

Now, as we repair and rebuild, we have an opportunity to reimagine our world and create something better.

Across the globe, young people in particular are leading by example, using the web to create a better, fairer future. These young leaders see the web as a tool to fight for justice, expand opportunities, and find solutions to pressing problems.

But today we're seeing just a fraction of what's possible. A third of young people have no Internet access at all. Many more lack the data, devices, and reliable connection they need to make the most of the web.

The consequences of this exclusion affects everyone. How many brilliant young minds fall on the wrong side of the digital divide?

From World Wide Web Foundation
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