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Using diffusion theory to determine the digital divide in e-services: two UK local-area perspectives

Using diffusion theory to determine the digital divide in e-services: two UK local-area perspectives The aim of this paper is to analyse the translation of the national policies at local levels in order to draw some conclusions about the impact of the strategies upon an equitable distribution of an e-society in terms of ethnicity and disadvantaged groups, such as the elderly and disabled. Three data-gathering activities were conducted in the UK local areas of Hillingdon and Medway. The findings of this study illustrate that by employing the diffusion theory of King et al., the local government policies are reducing the digital divide. However, the danger does exist that in the pursuit of providing an equitable distribution of the e-society, a novel and diverse form of digital divide, a rural-and-urban-and-diverse-ethnic-groups divide, could occur. This research should offer a substantial contribution to various stakeholders, including government agencies, management consulting firms, internet service providers and Information Technology (IT) organisations, who may want to identify areas where e-government services can still be improved. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Electronic Government, an International Journal Inderscience Publishers

Using diffusion theory to determine the digital divide in e-services: two UK local-area perspectives

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Inderscience Publishers
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1740-7494
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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyse the translation of the national policies at local levels in order to draw some conclusions about the impact of the strategies upon an equitable distribution of an e-society in terms of ethnicity and disadvantaged groups, such as the elderly and disabled. Three data-gathering activities were conducted in the UK local areas of Hillingdon and Medway. The findings of this study illustrate that by employing the diffusion theory of King et al., the local government policies are reducing the digital divide. However, the danger does exist that in the pursuit of providing an equitable distribution of the e-society, a novel and diverse form of digital divide, a rural-and-urban-and-diverse-ethnic-groups divide, could occur. This research should offer a substantial contribution to various stakeholders, including government agencies, management consulting firms, internet service providers and Information Technology (IT) organisations, who may want to identify areas where e-government services can still be improved.

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Electronic Government, an International JournalInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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