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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

What is the best way to measure and track the digital divide, in a comparative manner, over time? What impact have differing policy interventions had on the digital divide in Canada and the United States? We offer a way of benchmarking equality in Internet access using Gini coefficients and demonstrate […]

Sizing Up Information Societies
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Sizing Up Information Societies

When researchers study technology diffusion in a global and comparative manner, they often find that economic productivity explains differences in the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs). But when researchers study technology diffusion in a regional, national, or subnational context, they often find that politics and culture explains different […]

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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

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 a country’s share of internet bandwidth, internet hosts, internet users, personal computers, and mobile phones. We argue that the best policy environment for […]