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.

Usage Access
Usage access

Introduction

Now we have reached the last stage in the process of full appropriation of the digital media. This is the final destination, the ultimate goal of trying to obtain access. The goal is to use these media for a particular purpose of information, communication, transaction, or entertainment. These words read as if this is a natural process, but it is not. The types of access I have discussed—motivational, material and skills access—are necessary preconditions or steps to reaching the final type, usage access. However, they are not sufficient conditions. A user may be motivated to use computers and the Internet, have access to them physically, and command the digital skills necessary to use them but nevertheless have no need, occasion, obligation, time, ...

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