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Diminishing Digital Divide: Dynamics and Implications

Author(s): Muhammad Zubair Khan | Amanullah Khan Miankhel | Allah Nawaz

Journal: Acta Universitatis Danubius : Communicatio
ISSN 1844-7562

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 143;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: ICTs | Digital Divide | Economic divide | Integrative technologies | Ris ing affordability

A consensus is swiftly emerging regarding the democratizing impacts of moderncommunication technologies. However, the major challenge in this perspective comes from ‘digitaldivide’ which refers to ‘haves’ and ‘have not’ of the modern communication technologies and accessto information. This divide, primarily stems from the existing socioeconomic divides. However, inperspective of existing scholarly research and quantitative data on the issue, it is argued that digitaldivide is diminishing gradually. The advancements in technology particularly the integrative featuresof modern technology along with increasing affordability is denting the digital divide. The ebbingaway of digital divide has various implications for individual, civil society and state.This articleelaborates this issue at length by juxtaposing the findings from the existing research and presents acompact schematic model for better comprehension of the issue.
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