The global digital divide: Evidence and drivers

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Abstract

This article presents an analysis of the global digital divide, based on data collected from 45 countries, including the ones belonging to the European Union, OECD, Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC). The analysis shows that one factor can explain a large part of the variation in the seven ICT variables used to measure the digital development of countries. This measure is then used with additional variables, which are hypothesised as drivers of the divide for a regression analysis using data from 2015, 2013, and 2011, which reveals economic and educational imbalances between countries, along with some aspects of geography, as drivers of the digital divide. Contrary to the authors' expectations, the English language is not a driver.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalJournal Of Global Information Management
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • BRIC
  • Digital Development
  • Digital Divide
  • European Union
  • ICT
  • OECD

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