The Digital Divide

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Contrary to optimistic visions of a free internet for all, the problem of the ‘digital divide’ – the disparity between those with access to internet technology and those without – has persisted for close to twenty-five years.

In this textbook, Jan van Dijk considers the state of digital inequality and what we can do to tackle it. Through an accessible framework based on empirical research, he explores the motivations and challenges of seeking access and the development of requisite digital skills. He addresses key questions such as: Does digital inequality reduce or reinforce existing, traditional inequalities? Does it create new, previously unknown social inequalities? While digital inequality affects all aspects of society and the problem is here to stay, Van Dijk outlines policies we can put in place to mitigate it.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanbridge UK; Medford MA USA
PublisherPolity Press
Number of pages184
ISBN (Electronic)9781-5095-34463, LCCN 2019023992
ISBN (Print)978-1-5095-3444-9 , 978-1-5095-3445-6
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2020


  • Digital divide
  • Digital skills
  • Inequality
  • Resources and Appriation Theory
  • Internet access
  • technology acceptance


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