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.

Policy Perspectives
Policy perspectives

Introduction

After this long analysis of the digital divide, it is time to examine what can be done. Saying that something needs to be done about it assumes that the digital divide is a problem. The first section of this chapter deals with this assumption. Is it a problem? If so, is it a new or special problem? Is it mainly technical or social? Is it urgent? Can it be solved at all? What would happen if it were not solved? In this section, I summarize some of the main arguments of this book and make a number of my own views more explicit.

The second section is about the digital divide in the context of general trends of (in)equality worldwide. The digital divide ...

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