Digital inequalities in the Global South, Massimo Ragnedda and Anna Gladkova (2020)

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This book discusses how digital inequalities today may lead to other types of inequalities in the Global South. Contributions to this collection move past discussing an access problem – a binary division between ‘haves and have-nots’ – to analyse complex inequalities in the internet use, benefits, and opportunities of people in the Global South region. Using specific case studies, this book underlines how communities in the Global South are now attempting to participate in the information age despite high costs, a lack of infrastructure, and more barriers to entry. Contributions discuss the recent changes in the Global South. These changes include greater technological availability, the spread of digital literacy programs and computer courses, and the overall growth in engagement of people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and languages in digital environments. This book outlines and evaluates the role of state and public institutions in facilitating these changes and consequently bridging the digital divide.

This book:

  • Discusses connections between digital and social inequalities in the countries of the Global South
  • Examines how the Global South is overcoming different types of digital divides, using illustrative case studies from the region
  • Argues that state and public policies aimed at overcoming digital inequalities in the Global South help to bridge the digital divide

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