Possible, Probable and Preferable Futures of the Digital Divide

Matthew Mitchell
InSITE 2003  •  Volume 3  •  2003
The digital divide is widely recognized as a contemporary problem between society and technology. Strategies for bridging the digital divide are often informed and guided by quantitative assessments of the deployment of information communication technologies. There are few rigorous qualitative attempts to assess the digital divide from either an ethnographic or a futures-oriented perspective. This paper reports findings from a study that examined the possible, probable and preferable futures of the digital divide from an ethnographic perspective. The contents of this report include background to the problem of the digital divide, a review of literature describing the relationship between society and technology, findings from the data collection, and implications for future strategies to bridge the digital divide.
Digital Divide, Public Policy, Information Communication Technologies (ICT), Society and Technology, Qualitative Research
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