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Advancement in information and communication technologies (ICT) has dramatically transformed people's lives in the last few decades, bringing new opportunities in education, employment and socio-economic development. At the same time, however, the gap between those who have access to ICT and those who have not is believed to be widening rapidly. This digital divide constitutes a major problem to modern society especially in the area of social development and poverty alleviation. To prevent disadvantaged groups from being further marginalized in information society, special attention is required at both the policy and program level to promote universal and affordable ICT access.

Integration of disadvantaged groups into information society falls well within the business objective of HKCSS in promoting social cohesion. To bridge the digital divide is also believed to be an important means to poverty alleviation.

NGOs of Hong Kong have been conducting a range of "digital inclusion" programs for disadvantaged groups in the last few years. Programs such as computer recycling, free computer training or awareness raising projects are usually successful and yet difficult to seek funding support. For this reason, the "Digital Solidarity Fund" was established in 2004 under the facilitation of HKCSS. The Fund, composed of contributions from the government and the private sector, is dedicated to support digital inclusion initiatives organized by NGOs.

Since establishment, the "Digital Solidarity Fund" underwent seven grant cycles. The Fund had granted HKD 12M to support 71 digital inclusion projects and benefitted over 210,000 people in Hong Kong.
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