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  • How do real-world inequalities manifest online?
  • How do real-world inequalities manifest online?
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Dr. Francesca Sobande on inequalities in digital spaces

The impacts of social inequality became abundantly clear in 2020 amid the pandemic and BLM protests – but this issue doesn’t just affect the physical world. Canvas8 spoke to Dr. Francesca Sobande about how social inequalities manifest online and how brands can foster inclusive digital spaces.

Location United Kingdom

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“The internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow,” wrote Bill Gates back in 1999. [1] This vision of an ‘open and democratic’ digital space was shared by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, but things haven’t quite panned out that way in reality. Even when the internet went public in 1993, there were concerns that it would divide people, largely along the lines of the haves and have-nots. It was a valid concern then and continues to be now. In the UK, for instance, there are 1.9 million households ...

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