What is EDISON Alliance?


  • Recently, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced the launch of an EDISON Alliance.
  • EDISON stands for Essential Digital Infrastructure and Services Network.

About EDISON Alliance

  • It is an international organisation for public-private partnership and WEF will serve as the secretariat and platform for the EDISON Alliance.
  • A wider group of ‘Champions Leaders’ will advise and support the Alliance, the WEF said while announcing the launch.
  • Alliance aims to work towards ensuring global and equitable access to the digital economy.
  • Its prime goal is to ensure an unprecedented level of cross-sectoral collaboration between the technology industry and other critical sectors of the economy, according to the WEF.

Need of the Alliance

  • Access to digital technologies has enabled many to work, learn and live during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • However, the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated existing gaps and inequalities almost half of the global population.
  • Some 3.6 billion people, remain offline and broadband services are too expensive for 50 per cent of the population in developed countries, the WEF said.
  • These hampers access to health, education and economic inclusion.

Source: The Hindu

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