The Digital Divide: A Case Study of a United States Community.

The digital divide has been defined as a gap between those with access to new information and communication technologies and those without. This paper explores the digital divide within the United States through a case study of a community organizing strategy. The community members within their natural setting of a public housing community, with assistance from volunteers, planned for their own technological advancement, confronted obstacles in implementing their training program, and continue to struggle to realize their plans. Empirical results show the training program was effective in achieving learning, but participant’s emotional state of happiness declined. The authors conclude that isolation from mainstream society, exploitive dependency by those ostensibly assisting the community, and a culture of failure contribute to the divide. The community organizing strategy initiated community members’ use of technology, but sustaining momentum in the struggle to overcome external threats remains challenging.

Main Author: Sipior, Janice C.
Other Authors: Ward, Burke T., Volonino, Linda., Marzec, Joanna Z.
Language: English
Published: 2005
Online Access: http://ezproxy.villanova.edu/login?url=https://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:178692