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ERIC Number: ED424333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 63
Abstractor: N/A
Losing Ground Bit by Bit: Low-Income Communities in the Information Age. What's Going On Series.
Goslee, Susan; Conte, Chris, Ed.
This report examines the technology gap in low-income communities, assesses the barriers that are slowing the spread of new technologies to the underserved, and describes some of the most promising efforts to produce a more equitable distribution. Chapter 1 of the report discusses what is known about the extent of the technology gap and its implications. The technology gap takes a toll on individuals, communities, and society at large, with disadvantages that stretch beyond labor market access to participation in the fabric of society. Chapter 2 examines the barriers that complicate efforts to close the gap. These include societal priorities, ambivalence about technology, and lack of political clout. Chapter 3 describes policy issues that affect access to new communications technologies. These center on universal service, federal and state programs and policies, antipoverty initiatives, and community-based initiatives. In chapter 4, a wide range of community-based efforts are described to illustrate approaches to achieving a more equitable distribution of the benefits of the digital age. Chapter 5 lists 108 additional resources for those interested in pursuing the matter further. (Contains four graphs.) (SLD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Benton Foundation, Washington, DC.; National Urban League, Inc., New York, NY.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A