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Socialising the digital divide: Implications for ICTs and e-business development

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Audley Genus


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The digital divide is a phenomenon associated with disparities between groups and societies in the adoption and diffusion of electronic information and communications technologies (ICTs) and e-business practice. The article argues that, in rhetoric at least, the innovation, adoption, and diffusion of ICTs bear the hallmark of technological determinism (i.e., that of a technical imperative) in which social, economic, and political factors are underplayed. By way of contrast, the article considers the merit of a social shaping approach to analysing innovation in ICTs, to assess the prospects for ameliorating the digital divide between developed and developing countries and for stimulating economic development in the latter through the promotion of e-business. The article suggests how future research on the social shaping of ICTs, e-business, and the digital divide between developed and developing nations can meet the challenges discussed herein. Copyright © 2005, Idea Group Inc.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Genus A, Nor MAM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations

Year: 2005

Volume: 3

Issue: 2

Pages: 82-94

Print publication date: 01/04/2005

ISSN (print): 1539-2937

ISSN (electronic): 1539-2929

Publisher: IGI Global