Cyberspace and Society lecture notes

O conceptualization of the digital divide is often as

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Tools, materials, and processes that help solve human problems. o Conceptualization of the digital divide is often as follows: [6] [7] Subjects of connectivity, or who connects: individuals, organizations, enterprises, schools, hospitals, countries, etc. Characteristics of connectivity, or which attributes: demographic and socio-economic variables, such as income, education, age, geographic location, etc. Means of connectivity, or connectivity to what : fixed or mobile, Internet or telephony, digital TV, etc. Intensity of connectivity, or how sophisticated the usage: mere access, retrieval, interactivity, innovative contributions. Purpose of connectivity, or why individuals and their cohorts are (not) connecting: reasons individuals are and are not online and uses of the Internet and ICTs. o An individual must be able to connect in order to achieve enhancement of social and cultural capital as well as achieve mass economic gains in productivity. Therefore, access is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for overcoming the digital divide.
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