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Diverse Dimensions of the 'Digital Divide': Perspectives from New Zealand

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Show simple item record Howell, Bronwyn 2015-02-11T21:39:34Z 2015-02-11T21:39:34Z 8/02/2012 2012
dc.description.abstract This paper examines issues of the digital divide in each country and discusses similarities and differences in the policies adopted to ameliorate it. The paper presented here is subtitled 'a perspective from New Zealand' because it documents my own conclusions resulting from my position as an academic applying an economic lens to the issues of the digital divide. Whilst it refers to elements of the New Zealand policy response it is not intended to provide a full or comprehensive documentation of New Zealand government policy in this area. Rather the paper seeks to take a critical view of both the benefits and costs of some of the perceptions of the digital divide and the policy interventions adopted to ameliorate them. In a longitudinal context it appears that there is a large empirical literature identifying and measuring a range of 'digital divides' over many dimensions and a large number of policy instruments designed to ameliorate them but at first blush it appears that many of the divides persist and are widening rather than narrowing. This suggests that either the policies used already are either ill-targeted or largely impotent or even worse despite their good intentions have contrary effects on the indicators used to measure the existence of the divides. This paper addresses some of these issues. en_NZ
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dc.rights Permission to publish research outputs of the New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation has been granted to the Victoria University of Wellington Library. Refer to the permission letter in record: en_NZ
dc.title Diverse Dimensions of the 'Digital Divide': Perspectives from New Zealand en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Business School: Orauariki en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 149999 Economics not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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