ESZTER HARGITTAI'S RESEARCH
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In press. New Economy Handbook. Edited by Derek C. Jones.
San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
In a society where knowledge-intensive activities are an increasingly
important component of the economy, the distribution of knowledge across
the population is increasingly linked to stratification. Much attention
among both academic researchers and in policy circles has been paid to
what segments of the population have access to the Internet or are
Internet users. Although the medium has seen high rates of diffusion, its
spread has been unequal both within and across nations. In this chapter,
I look at (a) individual-level inequality in Internet access and use in
the United States, (b) cross-national variation in connectedness, and (c)
inequality from the side of content producers in gaining audiences for
their material online.
II. Defining the "Digital Divide"
III. From Digital Divide to Digital Inequality
IV. Global Digital Inequality
V. Inequality in Content Production and Distribution
Some of the material in this chapter draws on work with Paul DiMaggio
whom I am grateful for many discussions on the topic. I also thank the
National Science Foundation (grant IIS0086143) and the Dan David
Foundation for supporting this work.
This is a pre-print version of the book chapter in the
Economy Handbook" edited by Derek C. Jones. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
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