The Deepening Divide: Inequality in the Information Society explains why the digital divide is still widening and, in advanced high-tech societies, deepening. Taken from an international perspective, the book offers full coverage of the literature and research and a theoretical framework from which to analyze and approach the issue. Where most books on the digital divide only describe and analyze the issue, Jan van Dijk presents 26 policy perspectives and instruments designed to close the divide itself.
Chatper 1: Introduction
A Digital Divide: The Agenda
At the end of the 1990s, the issue of the so-called digital divide was suddenly put on the agenda of public, political, and scholarly debate, starting in the United States and spreading to Europe and the rest of the world. Previously, the ancient problem of information inequality was framed in more abstract terms, such as knowledge gap, computer literacy, and participation in the information society. See Gunkel (2003) and Mossberger, Tolbert, and Stansbury (2003) for the exact American origins of the term digital divide in the mid-1990s. Around the turn of the century, hundreds of conferences of computer professionals, social scientists, and government policy experts worldwide were dedicated to the issue. It was also put on the agenda of public ...