Bridging the Digital Divide: Technology, Community, and by Lisa J. Servon

By Lisa J. Servon

Bridging the electronic Divide investigates difficulties of unequal entry to details expertise. the writer redefines this challenge, examines its severity, and lays out what the long run implications may be if the electronic divide maintains to exist.

  • Examines unequal entry to info know-how within the United States.
  • Analyses the good fortune or failure of rules designed to handle the electronic divide.
  • Draws on huge fieldwork in different US cities.
  • Makes strategies for destiny public policy.
  • Series editor: Manuel Castells.

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I am by no means arguing that poor children should have computers before receiving inoculations against disease. At the same time, ignoring the “second-order” resources means that we will forever be ensuring that poor people have what they need to survive, but will never be able to get ahead. 57 Second-order resources are important because they create opportunities and enable behavior that allows people to climb the ladder out of poverty. 58 Unless poverty policy incorporates second-order resources, it treats the symptoms of the problem without ever getting at its causes.

Some states have approached welfare reform by providing public assistance with the more comprehensive kinds of support that are needed to move off of welfare in a stable way. Moving large numbers of people out of poverty will require policy that couples provision of an expanded set of first-order resources with a set of second-order resources geared toward moving people out of poverty, not only off public assistance. Second-order resources have to do with people’s ability to accumulate assets, broadly defined, that help them to exit poverty and remain out of poverty.

25 Not surprisingly, Native Americans also trail in computer and Internet access. 26 The 2000 NTIA report did not 23 24 25 26 Baretto et al. (2000). Baretto et al. (2000). US Department of Commerce (1999a). US Department of Commerce (1999a). 27 The gap in access to information technologies mirrors other infrastructure gaps that Native Americans have historically faced (for example, to healthcare, public services, roads, etc). Without intervention, the growing overall reliance on information technologies will inevitably exacerbate the persistent poverty and isolation that Native American communities currently face.

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