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.

Skills Access
Skills access

Introduction

After having acquired the motivation to use computers and some kind of physical access to them, one has to learn to manage the hardware and software. Often new users have observed others using them before. Perhaps some limited previous experience was gained by using someone else's computer or a publicly available one. However, as soon as more or less permanent access to a computer at work, at school, or at home is obtained, specific efforts have to be made to learn to operate and use the new medium. This might be learned through practice or in some kind of formal education.

Concepts of Computer Skills

From the very beginning of the computer revolution in the 1970s, it was noticed that particular skills were needed ...

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