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Challenging digital inequalities: barriers and prospects.

Bonney, Norman; Komolafe, Olufemi; Tait, Elizabeth


Norman Bonney

Olufemi Komolafe

Elizabeth Tait


In Lee


There are substantial inequalities in access to and use of the Internet. These inequalities build on enduring social and economic inequalities that have themselves been rooted in previous rounds of the development of electronic technologies and have largely resisted public policies designed to remedy them. Rapid developments in the use of the Internet have great potential for commercialization and democratization, but digital inequality means that this potential is not always exploited to the advantage of the poorer sectors of the community. Recent public policies have attempted to remedy digital disadvantage, but there is little evidence that they are fundamentally transforming them. Constant innovation enables the more advantaged sectors to advance their position, while many are still excluded from compensatory attempts at catch up. An increasing body of experience suggests ideas for new approaches, but the magnitude of the challenge of eroding digital inequality should not be underestimated.


BONNEY, N., KOMOLAFE, O. and TAIT, E. 2009. Challenging digital inequalities: barriers and prospects. In Lee, I. (ed.) Electronic business: concepts, methodologies, tools and applications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global [online], chapter 125, pages 2014-2024. Available from:

Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2008
Publication Date Dec 31, 2008
Deposit Date Oct 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 11, 2016
Publisher IGI Global
Pages 2014-2024
Book Title Electronic business: concepts, methodologies, tools and applications
Chapter Number Chapter 125
ISBN 9781605660561
Keywords Internet; Digital inequality; Social and economic inequalities; Information and communications technologies (ICT)
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