Brotherhood of St Laurence

September 2002

Bibliography: p. 25-26

This paper presents new data on the access and usage of Information and
Communications Technology (ICT), in particular, computers and the Internet, by
households and children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. The existence of
unequal access and usage of ICT across the population – the ‘digital divide’, is
compounding disadvantage for some, because having access to ICT is becoming so
central to being able to fully participate in the economic, social, political and cultural
spheres of society. This is the first of several publications that provides empirical data to
complement previous conceptual work on the ‘new economy’ and the digital divide. This
paper focuses on what has been termed the ‘A’ of the ‘ABCs of the digital divide’ – Access,
Basic Training and Content. The data come from a survey aimed at collecting benchmark
data on computer and Internet access and usage among students and families on The
Smith Family’s Learning for Life (LFL) program.

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