International Journal of eGovemance and Networks 1(1) 24-44

New Stratification Perspectives on the Digital Divide : A Four-Scale Analysis Model

  • Juyong Park
  • Yongmin Kwon
  • Inha University, Korea
  • Inha University, Korea

Abstract

This study discusses the multi-dimensional aspects of the digital divide conceptualizing the magnitude of the digital gaps in social, economic, cultural, and political relationships, which goes beyond its familiar definition. Since the digital disparities bear a close parallel to the existence of social polarization, efforts to narrow digital inequities should be customized at the four structural levels: individuals, communities, regions, and countries. According to four structural levels, this study will examine the multidimensional approaches to the digital divide, which includes not only the accessibility and availability of information resources, but also the conscious and acceptable attitudes toward the perceived gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots”.
diffusion theory, digital divide, ICTs, social inequalities