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For Cisco’s Guy Diedrich, the digital divide and the energy divide are intertwined.
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The green revolution is about creating a cleaner, more sustainable world. But it’s also about creating a more equitable, connected one.

Today, three billion people on the planet are on the wrong side of the digital divide. And many of them are also on the wrong side of the energy divide, lacking access to connectivity and reliable, clean energy, while suffering disproportionately from the effects of pollutants, industrial waste, and other environmental hazards.

For Dr. Guy Diedrich, the two divides require concerted, coordinated solutions — including innovation, investment, and the political will to meet what he considers an urgent challenge.

In a far-ranging interview, Diedrich, who as SVP and global innovation officer is responsible for Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program, shares his passion for green innovation and digital connectivity. And how Cisco — and CDA — are bringing the promise of a better future to underserved regions around the world.

Thank you, Guy. First off, maybe you could share your overview on energy equity today. Who gets it, who’s left out, and how does it connect to another major focus at CDA, the digital divide?