Bridges over the digital divide

Lengyel, György, Lőrincz, László, Siklós, Viktória and Füleki, Dániel (2004) Bridges over the digital divide. Review of Sociology, 10 (2). pp. 47-66. DOI

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The study investigates the digital divide concerning computer literacy in Hungary. It examines the differences of computer literacy of people with different social-demographic characteristics (gender, settlement type, education, labor market presence and income). It also investigates the intentions to learn computer skills. In this respect, smaller differences have been found then in the case of actual knowledge, which predicts the narrowing down of digital divide in the future. An attempt has been made to identify the institutional, technical and primordial conditions in everyday life that may influence both computer literacy and inclination to master the computer, and hence may function as “bridges” over the digital divide. Four of these factors have been studied: access to computers at the workplace, public internet access at the settlement, communication via cellular phone and effect of the family members’ ICT knowledge. Statistical analysis and in-depth interviews were used as methods of examination. Based on logistic regression models it was found that the bridging factors exert weak or insignificant influence on the willingness to learn computer skills – if they are controlled – so these factors alone are insufficient to bridge the digital divide.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:digital divide, Internet, ICT and society, computer literacy, Hungary, empirical analysis
Computer science
ID Code:4097
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:28 May 2019 13:51
Last Modified:28 May 2019 13:51

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