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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istanbulThe Working Group on the Digital Divide has just issued its Report  from the 2011 Istanbul Conference:
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Mexico 2009 - Digital Divide Working Group Call for PaperThe WG on Digital Divide invites submissions for its open sessions at the IAMCR Conference (July 21-24 2009) in Mexico City, Mexico, under the general theme of the Conference "Human Rights and Communication".
The Conference...
istanbulThe Working Group on Digital Divide of the International Association for Media and Communication Research invites submissions for the IAMCR Conference that will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from July 13 to 17, 2011.
The general theme of the conference is 'Cities, Creativity, Connectivity'.
braga_2010The Working Group on Digital Divide of the International Association for Media and Communication Research invites submissions for the IAMCR Conference that will be held in Braga (Portugal) 2010 from July 18-22. The overall conference theme is Communication and Citizenship. Rethinking Crisis and Change.
This year the theme to be discussed in WG on Digital...
Stockholm 2008 - Digital Divide Working Group Call for PapersEXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 FEBRUARY 2008!
In modern societies the role of media is getting more crucial. Our
political life and national economy, professional career and leisure
time are increasingly been shaped by the media in various...