New Media and the Digital Divide

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Abstract

During the 1990s, researchers and policy makers began discussing the presence of a so-called ‘digital divide,’ a distinction of people who do and do not have access to information and communication technologies. The concept of the digital divide stems from a comparative perspective of social and information inequality and depends on the idea that there are benefits associated with ICT access. Originally, the digital divide was defined in terms of physical access to a technology. This is now considered superficial and the emphasis is shifting to new dimensions, that is, inequalities of skills and usage
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition)
EditorsJames D. Wright
PublisherElsevier
Pages787-792
ISBN (Print)978-0-08-097087-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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PublisherElsevier

Keywords

  • IR-95759
  • METIS-310387

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van Deursen, A. J. A. M., & van Dijk, J. A. G. M. (2015). New Media and the Digital Divide. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (Second Edition) (pp. 787-792). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.95086-4