Journal section "Global experience"

The Experience of Russia and China in Addressing the Age Aspect of the Digital Divide

Fang F., Gruzdeva M.A., Tan R., Zhang X.

Volume 16, Issue 5, 2023

Fang Fang, Gruzdeva M.A., Tan Ruoyu, Zhang Xiaoxia (2023). The experience of Russia and China in addressing the age aspect of the digital divide. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 16(5), 247–261. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2023.5.89.14

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2023.5.89.14

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The process of demographic aging is global and irreversible, and the share of the elderly in the population of most countries will steadily increase. This sets strategic tasks of taking these trends into account in management, creating conditions for quality life of people in older ages. In the conditions of rapid digitalization of the economy and branches of the social sphere, the issue of integration of elderly people into modern processes, monitoring the dynamics and factors of inclusion, and creating conditions for leveling various kinds of related exclusion is acute. The aim of the article is to comparatively analyze the practices of digital inclusion of the elderly in China and Russia in order to identify opportunities to improve their effectiveness. We used a complex of general scientific methods and relevant empirical base, consisting of data from population censuses and statistics on the development of information and communication infrastructure in the countries under consideration. We show the current state of research on the problem of age digital divide in China, Russia and other countries. We outline the scale and main trends in the use of digital technologies by elderly people, which unite China and Russia and are expressed in the growing number of Internet users in older ages, the desire for more active use of mobile Internet and mobile apps. The main constraints and challenges for the elderly with inadequate digital inclusion are formulated. In the conclusion, the main directions of development and increasing the effectiveness of inclusion practices of the older generation in digital interactions are formed. The results may be useful for formulating management decisions for successful digital development in the countries under consideration


russia, elderly people, china, digitalization, Russia, digital inequality, digital divide, China, digital divide age factor

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