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The Deepening Divide

The Deepening Divide
Inequality in the Information Society

May 2005 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
During the mid 90's, around the time the Internet became popular, it became apparent that there was still one critical issue holding back limitless opportunities. Computer professionals had to find a way to close the gap between those who do not have computer or Internet access and those who do, also known as the digital divide. Suddenly, hundreds of conferences of computer professionals, social scientists, and government policy experts worldwide dedicated themselves to this concern. Then the Internet hype seemed to dissipate, and observers assumed the digital divide would fix itself.

The Deepening Divide explains why the digital divide is still widening and, in advanced high-tech societies, deepening. Taken from an international perspective, the book offers full coverage of the literature and research and a theoretical framework from which to analyze and approach the issue. Where most books on the digital divide only describe and analyze the issue, Jan van Dijk presents 26 policy perspectives and instruments designed to close the divide itself.

A Framework to Understand the Digital Divide
Motivational Access
Material Access
Skills Access
Usage Access
Inequality in the Information Society
Inequality in the Network Society
The Stakes: Participation or Exclusion
Policy Perspective

The book was used as a supplemental text for the course in Spring 13 & Spring 2014

Ms Darlene Loper
College Of Arts Sciences, Nyack College-Rockland
January 22, 2014

Especially relevent with the publication of the Digital Britain White paper

MEDIA, Edge Hill University
November 13, 2009

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