Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105314
Title:
Defining the digital divide: the role of e-Readiness indicators
Author:
Luyt, Brendan
Citation:
Defining the digital divide: the role of e-Readiness indicators 2006, 58(4):276-291 Aslib Proceedings
Journal:
Aslib Proceedings
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105314
Submitted date:
2007-07-05
Abstract:
Purpose: To show how e-readiness indicators, specifically the Networked Readiness Index, participate in the work of defining policy problems. Methodology/Approach: The article critically examines the Networked Readiness Index is terms of its presentation and its underlying model. It relies on an approach to policy analysis that views policy problems as socially constructed. Findings: E-readiness assessment tools purport to show how ready the nations of the world are to exploit the potential of new information and communication technologies. Yet they do more than that; being actively engaged in constructing policy problems. In the case of the NRI, the problem of the international digital divide is defined in a particular way that privileges certain interests while at the same time legitimatising its inclusion on the agenda of international organizations as a problem worthy of sustained attention. Practical Implications: The findings of the article suggest a need for alternative indicators that register the voices of a wider range of groups and could therefore create a more inclusive digital divide policy problem. Originality/value: Little critical (as opposed to technical) analysis of e-readiness indicators exits in the literature. By focusing on these tools, the article contributes to the debate surrounding the issue of the digital divide.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Internet; Social Informatics; Information Ethics
Local subject classification:
digital divide; e-readiness; social indicators; economic indicators; information technology policy; policy-making

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dc.contributor.authorLuyt, Brendanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-07-05T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:23:30Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-07-05en_US
dc.identifier.citationDefining the digital divide: the role of e-Readiness indicators 2006, 58(4):276-291 Aslib Proceedingsen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105314-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To show how e-readiness indicators, specifically the Networked Readiness Index, participate in the work of defining policy problems. Methodology/Approach: The article critically examines the Networked Readiness Index is terms of its presentation and its underlying model. It relies on an approach to policy analysis that views policy problems as socially constructed. Findings: E-readiness assessment tools purport to show how ready the nations of the world are to exploit the potential of new information and communication technologies. Yet they do more than that; being actively engaged in constructing policy problems. In the case of the NRI, the problem of the international digital divide is defined in a particular way that privileges certain interests while at the same time legitimatising its inclusion on the agenda of international organizations as a problem worthy of sustained attention. Practical Implications: The findings of the article suggest a need for alternative indicators that register the voices of a wider range of groups and could therefore create a more inclusive digital divide policy problem. Originality/value: Little critical (as opposed to technical) analysis of e-readiness indicators exits in the literature. By focusing on these tools, the article contributes to the debate surrounding the issue of the digital divide.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subjectSocial Informaticsen_US
dc.subjectInformation Ethicsen_US
dc.subject.otherdigital divideen_US
dc.subject.othere-readinessen_US
dc.subject.othersocial indicatorsen_US
dc.subject.othereconomic indicatorsen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation technology policyen_US
dc.subject.otherpolicy-makingen_US
dc.titleDefining the digital divide: the role of e-Readiness indicatorsen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalAslib Proceedingsen_US
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