Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology, Community and Public Policy / Edition 1

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Overview

Bridging the Digital Divide investigates problems of unequal access to information technology. The author redefines this problem, examines its severity, and lays out what the future implications might be if the digital divide continues to exist. This is also the first book to assess empirically the policies in the United States designed to address the social problems arising from the digital divide. It analyzes policies at both federal and local level, as well as looking at the success of community-based initiatives. The analysis is supported by empirical data resulting from extensive fieldwork in several US cities. The book concludes with the author's recommendations for future public policy on the digital divide.

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Editorial Reviews

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‘Bridging the Digital Divide makes it clear that the digital divide is only one symptom of persistent poverty -- a problem that touches us all. Fortunately, this is a case in which treating the symptom may help cure the disease. Servon’s book shows us that programs aimed at closing the divide are creating pathways out of poverty for many low-income technology users, who are acquiring career skills, educational advantages, and new knowledge that can lead to living-wage jobs’. Laura Breeden, Director, America Connects Consortium

This book is very dry, but in a good way, laying out where exactly the digital divide falls and assessing how programs across the country have tried to answer the question: Why cant Johnny surf? A must-read for serious technology activists. City Limits

This interesting and valuable addition to the literature on urban poverty and access to computers linked to the Internet is an empirical study that concludes with some sensible and thoughtful policy recommendations. Highly recommended. E. Lewis, New College of Florida

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631232421
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/21/2002
  • Series: Information Age Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Special Recognition
List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Series Editor's Preface
1 Redefining the Digital Divide 1
2 The Dimensions of the Digital Divide 24
3 The Role of CTCs within the Community Technology Movement 45
4 Support for Bridging the Gap 77
5 Community Technology and Youth 107
6 Training Disadvantaged Workers for IT Jobs 141
7 The Organizational Divide 177
8 Building the Bridge: Learning from Seattle 199
9 Toward a New Agenda 221
App. 1: Research Strategy and Methodology 233
App. 2 Community Technology Survey 238
App. 3 Analysis of Survey Results 241
App. 4: World Wide Web References 245
Bibliography 248
Index 261
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