Challenging digital inequalities: barriers and prospects.
Bonney, Norman; Komolafe, Olufemi; Tait, Elizabeth
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.
|Publication Date||Dec 31, 2008|
|Book Title||Electronic business: concepts, methodologies, tools and applications|
|Chapter Number||Chapter 125|
|Institution Citation||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: https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60566-056-1|
|Keywords||Internet; Digital inequality; Social and economic inequalities; Information and communications technologies (ICT)|
BONNEY 2009 Challenging digital inequalities
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