Digital technologies can perpetuate racism, sexism, ableism, or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, among others. There is a need to promote digital inclusion, access to affordable and reliable connectivity, and to address digital literacy and the gender digital divide. Technology and innovation must be centered around the principles of non-discrimination, equality, participation, accountability, reparations, and privacy.
This panel featured thoughtful and substantive discussions on the intersection between digital innovation and technology and the right to health. The panelists considered the advantages of technological advancements and critiqued the impact inequity in access and distribution can have on the realization of the right to health. Panelists also considered patterns, if any, of discrimination and marginalization based along the lines of race, gender, and social class.