Digital divide research in Australia: a critical review

Salahuddin, Mohammad and Alam, Khorshed ORCID: (2013) Digital divide research in Australia: a critical review. In: 37th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association: Regions that Work: Research, Practice and Policy, 3-6 Dec 2013, Hervey Bay, Australia.

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This article makes an inventory of digital divide research in Australia over the past two decades. The major weaknesses of Australian digital divide literature are the absence of an application of digital divide theory, conceptual definition, interdisciplinary approach, longitudinal research and data limitations. Most of the studies used qualitative micro data involving small towns and cities. This makes it difficult to generalize the findings. No macro data have ever been used to study digital divide in Australia. Also, almost all the studies focused only on identifying the factors that contribute to digital divide. Studies investigating the impacts of digital divide on Australian economy, society and politics have been rare. The results of this review further reveal that digital divide still exists in Australia basically with respect to four factors; lower income, absence of tertiary education, lack of internet skills and race. The indigenous people in Australia are still a disadvantaged class in terms of access to and use of internet.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2014 10:01
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2015 00:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, digital divide; internet access
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