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Comparing Digital Divides:  Internet Access and Social Inequality in Canada and the United States
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Comparing Digital Divides: Internet Access and Social Inequality in Canada and the United States

Howard, Philip N., Laura Busch, and Penelope Sheets. “Comparing Digital Divides:  Internet Access and Social Inequality in Canada and the United States.” Canadian Journal of Communication 35, no. 1 (2010): 109-128. Abstract: What is the best way to measure and track the digital divide, in a comparative manner, over time? […]

Sizing Up Information Societies
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Sizing Up Information Societies

Philip N. Howard, Laura Busch, Dawn Nafus, and Ken Anderson. “Sizing up Information Societies—Towards a Better Metric for the Cultures of ICT Adoption.” The Information Society 25, no. 3 (2009): 208-19. When researchers study technology diffusion in a global and comparative manner, they often find that economic productivity explains differences in the […]

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ICT Diffusion and Distribution Dataset, 1990-2007

This data set covers the years 1990 through 2007 and contains two types of indicators for the global distribution of information, communication and technology (ICT) resources. The data includes gini coefficients for the distribution of Internet access within countries, and a technology diffusion index that weights the distribution of broadband […]

Telecommunications Reform, Internet Use and Mobile Phone Adoption in the Developing World
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Telecommunications Reform, Internet Use and Mobile Phone Adoption in the Developing World

Philip N. Howard and Nimah Mazaheri. “Telecommunications Reform, Internet Use and Mobile Phone Adoption in the Developing World.” World Development 37, no. 7 (2009): 1159-69. How do telecommunications policies influence technology adoption? Has regulatory reform helped mitigate or exacerbate the digital divide? We examine the effects of four policy reform strategies on […]