Bridging the Digital Divide. Technology, Community and Public Policy. Information Age Series

  • ID: 2248035
  • Book
  • 296 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Bridging the Digital Divide investigates problems of unequal access to information technology. The author redefines this problem, examines its severity, and lays out what the future implications might be if the digital divide continues to exist. This is also the first book to assess empirically the policies in the United States designed to address the social problems arising from the digital divide. It analyzes policies at both federal and local level, as well as looking at the success of community–based initiatives. The analysis is supported by empirical data resulting from extensive fieldwork in several US cities. The book concludes with the author′s recommendations for future public policy on the digital divide.
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Special Recognition.

List of Figures.

List of Tables.




1. Redefining the Digital Divide.

2. The Dimensions of the Digital Divide.

3. The Role of CTCs within the Community Technology Movement: Marla K. Nelson, Rutgers University.

4. Support for Bridging the Gap.

5. Community Technology and Youth.

6. Training Disadvantaged Workers for IT Jobs.

7. The Organizational Divide: Josh Kirschenbaum and Radhika Kunamneni, PolicyLink.

8. Building the Bridge: Learning from Seattle.

9. Toward a New Agenda.


Appendix 1: Research Strategy and Methodology.

Appendix 2: Community Technology Survey.

Appendix 3: Analysis of Survey Results.

Appendix 4: World Wide Web References.



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Bridging the Digital Divide makes it clear that the digital divide is only one symptom of persistent poverty –– a problem that touches us all. Fortunately, this is a case in which treating the symptom may help cure the disease. Servon s book shows us that programs aimed at closing the divide are creating pathways out of poverty for many low–income technology users, who are acquiring career skills, educational advantages, and new knowledge that can lead to living–wage jobs .Laura Breeden, Director, America Connects Consortium

This book is very dry, but in a good way, laying out where exactly the digital divide falls and assessing how programs across the country have tried to answer the question: Why cant Johnny surf? A must–read for serious technology activists. City Limits

This interesting and valuable addition to the literature on urban poverty and access to computers linked to the Internet is an empirical study that concludes with some sensible and thoughtful policy recommendations. Highly recommended. E. Lewis, New College of Florida

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