Same access, different uses, and the persistent digital divide between urban and rural users

Sora PARK, Gwang Kim

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Abstract

While the provision of infrastructure has largely been successful in South Korea, the divergent uses after getting access to the networks have resulted in a new type of digital exclusion. The Korean government has implemented digital inclusion policies for several decades and the access gap has narrowed significantly. However, gaps in user skills and quality of uses persist particularly between urban and rural residents. This study explores how access, usage, and the perceptions of urban and rural Internet users differ in a highly digitalized country, with an attempt to identify new types of rural digital exclusion
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTPRC 43: The 43rd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy Paper 2015
Place of PublicationOnline
PublisherSSRN
Pages1-23
Number of pages23
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventThe 43rd Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy - Washington, Washington DC, United States
Duration: 25 Sep 201527 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceThe 43rd Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy
Abbreviated titleTPRC 2015
CountryUnited States
CityWashington DC
Period25/09/1527/09/15

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    PARK, S., & Kim, G. (2015). Same access, different uses, and the persistent digital divide between urban and rural users. In TPRC 43: The 43rd Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy Paper 2015 (Vol. 1, pp. 1-23). SSRN. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2582046