Information Societies and Digital Divides

Sorj, Bernardo . Information Societies and Digital Divides., 2008 Publishing Studies, 4 . POLIMETRICA. [Book]

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The book argues ICT are part of the set of goods and services that determine quality of life, social inequality and the chances for economic development. Therefore understanding the digital divide demands a broader discussion of the place of ICT within each society and in the international system. The author argues against the perspectives that either isolates ICT from other basic social goods (in particular education and employment) as well as those that argue that new technologies are luxury of a consumer society. Though the author accepts that new technologies are not a panacea for the problems of inequality, access to them become a condition of full integration of social life. Using examples mainly from Latin America, the work presents some general policy proposals on the fight against the digital divide which take in consideration other dimensions of social inequality and access to public goods.

Item type: Book
Keywords: Technology, Digital Divides, Information Society, Open Source
Subjects: L. Information technology and library technology.
H. Information sources, supports, channels.
A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information.
Depositing user: Viviana Sica
Date deposited: 29 Jul 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:12
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/12075

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