Digital services can be deﬁned as the set of services provided to citizens on any platform anytime or anywhere with the help of ICT. The widespread adoption and integration of ICTs have reduced information and transaction costs, improved service delivery, created new jobs, generated new revenue streams, and improved the conservation of resources. ICTs have also transformed the way businesses, people and governments work, interact, and communicate. ICT innovation is also revolutionizing the agriculture and food sectors. The RDR titled Digital Services for the Marginalized Rural People in Asia and the Paciﬁc: Accessibility, Aﬀordability and
Implications ﬁgures out to what extent digital services can be used to serve those who are lagging. The purpose of this study is to ﬁgure out the accessibility and aﬀordability of digital services available to them. Therefore, the question is what digital services are available for the entire population and to what extent they (marginalized people in rural areas) can access them.
When considering the accessibility and aﬀordability of digital services, we weigh their overall capacity to use ICT services based on what digital services are provided. The report identiﬁes the economically vulnerable people living in rural areas who can beneﬁt from digital services and assess the status of their ICT usage based on their aﬀordability. The access of marginalized rural people to digital services is estimated based on the aﬀordability and coverage of ICT services. Even though digital service and ICT access are two diﬀerent terms, they will be
interchangeably used to indicate digital services.
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