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Article: Tackling the digital divide

TitleTackling the digital divide
Authors
KeywordsDigital divide
Digital inclusion
East Asia
Issue Date2009
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
British Journal Of Social Work, 2009, v. 39 n. 4, p. 754-767 How to Cite?
AbstractThe emergence of an information society has created new social exclusions and aggravated old ones by creating digital exclusion. Many countries have explicit policies about turning themselves into the leaders of such transformations or about catching up with the changes made in other countries. Nevertheless, little is known about their efforts to bridge the gap between the digital 'haves' and the digital 'have-nots'. Governments in East Asia are good examples of those who work on improving their society's digital capabilities. They top most of the related international comparison tables. It is, however, not clear what they have done to bridge the new digital exclusion gap or what the effects of such efforts have been. This paper reviews the digital inclusion strategies put in place by several East Asian countries and discusses a framework for tackling the digital divide, and examines pertinent policies, using Hong Kong as an example. This paper argues that while improvement in information communication technology (ICT) accessibility and knowledge is important, the promotion of community-based ICT user networks for certain disadvantaged groups is crucial to enhance their participation in the information society.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59815
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.027
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.771
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dc.contributor.authorLaw, CKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, JCYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, VWPen_HK
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dc.description.abstractThe emergence of an information society has created new social exclusions and aggravated old ones by creating digital exclusion. Many countries have explicit policies about turning themselves into the leaders of such transformations or about catching up with the changes made in other countries. Nevertheless, little is known about their efforts to bridge the gap between the digital 'haves' and the digital 'have-nots'. Governments in East Asia are good examples of those who work on improving their society's digital capabilities. They top most of the related international comparison tables. It is, however, not clear what they have done to bridge the new digital exclusion gap or what the effects of such efforts have been. This paper reviews the digital inclusion strategies put in place by several East Asian countries and discusses a framework for tackling the digital divide, and examines pertinent policies, using Hong Kong as an example. This paper argues that while improvement in information communication technology (ICT) accessibility and knowledge is important, the promotion of community-based ICT user networks for certain disadvantaged groups is crucial to enhance their participation in the information society.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://bjsw.oxfordjournals.org/en_HK
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dc.subjectDigital divideen_HK
dc.subjectDigital inclusionen_HK
dc.subjectEast Asiaen_HK
dc.titleTackling the digital divideen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, YC: ssycwong@hku.hken_HK
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