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The Digital Divide in a World City

The Case of London

Title : The Digital Divide in a world city

By P. Foley, X. Alfonso, S. Ghani

Published by : Greater London Authority/ISBN 1 85261 378 5

Date : 2002

Summary : this report shows that a digital divide continues to exist in London. There will always be a digital divide between high, medium, low and non-users. Advantaged ICT users will probably always possess higher level of skills than Disadvantaged ICT users and adopt new technology and service before. A digital divide exists too between boroughs in this world city in link with social divide. Barriers to adoption and use of ICT by socially excluded groups are usually correlated with socio-economic factors. Access is a precondition for internet use. Lack of access to a computer keeps on being a barrier but it declines in importance year after year. Socio-personal factor (behavioural factor such as levels of interest, awareness, understanding and acceptance of ICT) are also key barriers to the adoption of ICT by socially excluded groups. The lack of interest in ICT is probably the most significant problem facing policymakers. The number of non-users with no interest remains stubbornly high. Non users have to be convinced that there is a benefit in using ICT (economic and social benefits as having access to more job information or to cheaper goods and services...). This report presents various benefits for the use of ICT in each social group. Low educational level is another factor of exclusion from ICT. Disadvantaged people don’t have the basic literacy level required to use a computer

Posté le 26 avril 2006 par EComtat