Bridging the Digital Divide for e-Government Inclusion: A United States Case Study.

This case study of computer-illiterate people in a public housing community was undertaken to explore the digital divide and e-Government inclusion and uses. Overall, the results indicate the importance of a community organizing strategy to secure internet access, coordinate education and training, and sustain internet use to initiate e-Government participation among the techno-disadvantaged. While first-time government website visitation by community participants was surprisingly high, the intent to continue use was lacking. Sustained use remains challenging due to external threats to the community initiative, including isolation from mainstream society, exploitive dependency by those ostensibly assisting the community, and a culture of failure. Public outreach, on the part of governmental and other organizations, is suggested to encourage e-Government inclusion among those previously excluded.

Main Author: Sipior, Janice C.
Other Authors: Ward, Burke T.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 2005
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