Assessing the economic benefits of digital inclusion /Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Infoxchange Australia 2009Description: p. 16Subject(s): Internet (computer Network) | Communication Barriers | Low Income Groups Social Aspects | Computers | Information Technology Social Aspects | Social Participation | Digital Divide | Social Exclusion | Disadvantaged Groups | Financial InclusionOnline Resources: Electronic copy
Constrained by cost or a lack of knowledge, and often both a significant number of disadvantaged people are missing out on the basic tools that engender participation in modern life. This 'digital divide' has a significant, negative impact on the communities it affects, by limiting their access to information, employment and social networks. On the upside, however, bridging this divide has genuine, measurable benefits for individuals and the broader community. This paper demonstrates the scale of these benefits, and makes a strong case for expanding the process of 'digital inclusion' to other disadvantaged areas of Australia.
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