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Beyond access: Bridging the digital divide

Hill, Rebecca A., Owens, Ian, Beynon-Davies, Paul ORCID: and Williams, Michael D. 2004. Beyond access: Bridging the digital divide. Presented at: European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2004, Turku, Finland, 2004. ECIS 2004 Proceedings, Turku, Finland, 2004. AIS eLibrary, p. 61.

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This paper describes the theoretical underpinnings of an ongoing research project that is examining the relationship between e-Democracy and the ‘digital divide’. The literature surrounding the Digital Divide is reviewed, and the importance of equitable physical access to ICTs in the drive to bridge the issue of social exclusion examined. It is argued that any discussion of the phenomenon of the digital divide must look beyond equitable physical access and take into consideration issues mentioned separately in the literature – ‘real access’, ‘reach’ and ‘socially responsible connectivity’.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Publisher: AIS eLibrary
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Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 09:48

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