The Covid-19 pandemic brings many new challenges. While the internet and technology have promised to connect people and elevate quality of life, that has not been a case for differently abled communities. In response, we assess the usefulness of technologies for the differently abled in Indonesia and Vietnam to seek, use, and share information during the pandemic. We critically study the role of technological companies in facilitating diverse users to be digitally resilient during the pandemic. Practically, the findings can help generate viable ways of promoting alliances between private and public sectors in centering the need of the differently abled in emerging economies. Theoretically, the findings hold a promise to expand the existing approaches to explain digital resilience of differently abled communities living in different socio-political ecosystems in the global South.
Lecturer and Researcher, RMIT
Independent Researcher, Ronin Institute