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International Exploration of Technology Equity and the Digital Divide

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The digital divide is an global phenomenon that negatively affects groups around the world. International Exploration of Technology Equity and the Digital Divide: Critical, Historical and Social Perspectives explores and presents research that centers on the historical, political, sociological, and economic factors that engender global inequities. Acquiring such insights and knowledge is an important step towards rectifying socially ingrained inequities and a necessary step in working towards global justice in meaningful ways. This book aids those researching, teaching, and studying in the area of digital equity or in the broader contexts of social and global justice.  Moreover, this reference provides valuable insights for professionals and researchers interested in examining issues of technology equity from various critical social theories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Foreword
    1. A POWERFUL EXPERIENCE: MEETING THE MARGINALIZED PARTICIPANTS IN THE INFORMATION AGE
  5. Preface
    1. ORGANIZATION
  6. Acknowledgment
  7. Chapter 1: Caste, Class, and IT in India
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. SOCIAL STRATIFICATION DIMENSIONS: CASTE, CLASS, AND POWER
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
  8. Chapter 2: India’s Dalits Search for a Democratic Opening in the Digital Divide
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION: A DEMOCRATIC OPENING IN THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
    3. BACKGROUND: DALITS AND THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
    4. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    5. CONCLUSION
  9. Chapter 3: Exploring the Notion of ‘Technology as a Public Good’
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. WORLDWIDE DIGITAL DIVIDE
    4. HISTORICAL AND SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES: EAST ASIAN EDUCATION AND DIGITAL DIVIDE
    5. CRITICAL SOCIAL THEORY AND THE NOTION OF TECHNOLOGY AS A PUBLIC GOOD
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH FOR TECHNOLOGY AS A PUBLIC GOOD
    7. CONCLUSION
  10. Chapter 4: Creating Virtual Marae
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CONTEXT AND BRIEF HISTORY
    4. ILLUSTRATIVE CASES, AUTHORS, AND THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS
    5. NGĀI TAHU KOTAHI MANO KĀIKA: NGĀI TAHU’S STRATEGY FOR LANGUAGE REVITALISATION
    6. EMERGING THEMES, CONTROVERSIES AND SOLUTIONS
    7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
  11. Chapter 5: From Igloos to iPods
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. ICED OUT: COLONIALISM AS CONTEXT
    4. DECOLONIZATION AND DIGITAL DESIGNS
    5. WEBS OF KNOWLEDGE: INUIT QAUJIMAJATUQANGIT (IQ) AND THE INTERNET
    6. WEB DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY: CREATING INUIT-INFUSED NEW MEDIA
    7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    8. CONCLUSION
  12. Chapter 6: The Digital Abyss in Zimbabwe
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. ZIMBABWE: A SPECIAL CASE OF THE DIGITAL DIVIDE WITHIN AFRICA
    5. METHODOLOGY
    6. PART ONE: GLOBAL ICT AND WORLD VALUES FINDINGS
    7. PART TWO: NARRATIVE
    8. DISCUSSION
    9. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    10. CONCLUSION
  13. Chapter 7: Paulo Freire’s Liberatory Pedagogy
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. THE OPPRESSION OF AFRICAN BRAZILIANS
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 8: Digital Equity and Black Brazilians
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. CRITICAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON DIGITAL EQUITY
    3. PRELIMINARY RESEARCH PROCESS
    4. HISTORY OF BLACKS IN THE COLONIZATION OF BRAZIL
    5. GRASSROOTS EFFORTS WITH GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
  15. Chapter 9: Digital Equity in a Traditional Culture
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. HISTORY OF THE GULLAH PEOPLE
    4. THE GULLAH/GEECHEE NARRATIVE: GAINING TRUST
    5. EXPLORATIONS OF DIGITAL EQUITY FOR GULLAH PEOPLE
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
  16. Chapter 10: Governing Digital Divides
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION. UNIVERSAL PROMISES, DIGITAL INEQUALITIES
    3. BACKGROUND: THE CONCEPT OF DIGITAL DIVIDE
    4. MAPPING DIGITAL DIVIDES: QUANTITATIVE EVIDENCE
    5. INTERNET ARCHITECTURES
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION: AN HOLISTIC APPROACH
  17. Compilation of References
  18. About the Contributors