The Digital Divide: Facing a Crisis or Creating a Myth?

The Digital Divide: Facing a Crisis or Creating a Myth?

by Benjamin M. Compaine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262531933

ISBN-13: 9780262531931

Pub. Date: 06/18/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

The Digital Divide refers to the perceived gap between those who have access to the latest information technologies and those who do not. If we are indeed in an Information Age, then not having access to this information is an economic and social handicap. Some people consider the Digital Divide to be a national crisis,
while others consider it an over-hyped

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Overview

The Digital Divide refers to the perceived gap between those who have access to the latest information technologies and those who do not. If we are indeed in an Information Age, then not having access to this information is an economic and social handicap. Some people consider the Digital Divide to be a national crisis,
while others consider it an over-hyped nonissue. This book presents data supporting the existence of such a divide in the 1990s along racial, economic, ethnic, and education lines. But it also presents evidence that by 2000 the gaps are rapidly closing without substantive public policy initiatives and spending. Together, the contributions serve as a sourcebook on this controversial issue.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262531931
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
06/18/2001
Series:
MIT Press Sourcebooks
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
IThe Set-Up: Documenters of the Digital Divide1
1Falling through the Net: A Survey of the "Have-Nots" in Rural and Urban America7
2Falling through the Net: Defining the Digital Divide17
3The Evolution of the Digital Divide: Examining the Relationship of Race to Internet Access and Usage over Time47
IIThe Context: Background and Texture99
4Information Gaps: Myth or Reality?105
5Universal Service from the Bottom Up: A Study of Telephone Penetration in Camden, New Jersey119
6Universal Access to Online Services: An Examination of the Issue147
7Universal Service Policies as Wealth Redistribution179
IIIThe Advocates: Raising the Stakes189
8Equality in the Information Age195
9The Digital Divide Confronts the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Economic Reality versus Public Policy199
10The E-rate in America: A Tale of Four Cities223
11Universal Access to Email: Feasibility and Societal Implications243
12Clinton Enlists Help for Plan to Increase Computer Use263
IVReality Check: Tracking a Moving Target in High-Tech Time265
13Data from Three Empirical Studies, 2000269
Internet and Society: A Preliminary Report269
The Digital World of Hispanics in the United States272
Survey of Americans on Technology274
14The Truth about the Digital Divide279
15Internet Access Spreads to More Classrooms, Survey Finds285
16Cheap Computers Bridge Digital Divide289
17This Internet Start-Up Looks to Conquer an Online Divide293
VWhat's It All Mean?299
18Of Gaps by Which Democracy We Measure303
19Falling for the Gap: Whatever Happened to the Digital Divide?309
20Declare the War Won315
Epilogue337
Source Notes341
Contributors343
Index345

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