Digital Divide Working Group

The aims of this Working Group are to contribute to theoretical understanding of inequality in access to information and media in the new digital environment; trace the development of new media through the concept of digital divide; identify gaps and inconsistencies in the digital media world, their origins and development; specify problems for media and communication systems brought about by ICT progress in local, national and global environments; promote better communication between researchers from different countries and continents; support innovative research in the field; and support young researchers. 

This Working Group is concerned with issues around whether it is possible to measure the ‘digital divide’ and with new signs of knowledge and information inequalities and their implications. Members examine these issues in the light of the history of the interrelations between media, technology and their uses by audiences as well as the social implications of unequal access by the general public to the media.

Chair: Olga Smirnova (Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University) [Contact]
Vice-Chair: Anna Gladkova (Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University)  [Contact]
Vice-Chair: Massimo Ragnedda (School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester, UK) [Contact]

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In addition to conferences and related activities, IAMCR, occasionally organises or co-sponsors conferences, seminars and other activities around the world. Our Sections and Working Groups, national and regional ambassadors, and other bodies may also organise or sponsor events. Information about upcoming co-sponsored events is posted below. You can also see information about past events.

IAMCR is pleased to launch its Webinar Series, with a very timely debate on “Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion”, sponsored by the Digital Divide Working Group. The 19 March webinar will discuss digital divide and digital inclusion of various social groups. It will take place on Zoom and pre-registration is required.
A special issue of Information, Communication & Society that originated from a pre-conference held during the 2019 IAMCR conference in Madrid, Spain is now available. The issue is guest-edited by Bruce Mutsvairo, Massimo Ragnedda, vice-chair of IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group, and Kristin Skare Orgeret.
IAMCR's Digital Divide Working Group invites the submission of proposals for single papers and multi-paper sessions (the online conference equivalent of a panel in a face to face conference) for IAMCR 2021, which will be held online from 11 to 15 July, with a regional hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The deadline for submission is 9 February 2021, at 23.59 UTC.
19-20 November, 2020 - IAMCR is co-sponsoring the 2020 Moscow Readings conference organised by the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University in partnership with IAMCR Digital Divide and Communication in Post- and Neo-Authoritarian Societies working groups, UNESCO chair in communication, & National Association of Mass Media Researchers.
This message from the heads of the Digital Divide Working Group was distributed to all the working group members on 23 April 2020.
IAMCR's Digital Divide Working Group invites the submission of abstracts of papers and proposals for panels for the 2020 conference of the Association, which will be held from 12 to 16 July, 2020 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.
The IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group will run partial elections for a co-vice chair position during its business meeting at the upcoming conference in Eugene, Oregon.
The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) will hold its annual conference from 20-24 June 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA.
IAMCR's Digital Divide Working Group invites proposals that reflect the section's interest.