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 (Department of Arts, Northumbria University, UK) [Contact]

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The Digital Divide Working Group (DID) will be holding online elections for two co-Chair positions, for the term 2021 - 2025. The deadline to submit candidacies is 16 May.
19 March 2021 IAMCR launched its Webinar Series with the webinar titled "Digital Divide and Digital Inclusion", addressing the issue of digital gaps and focused on integration opportunities for different social groups. The event was co-hosted by the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University and IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group.
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.