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> EJC/REC: Electronic Journal of Communication/
> La Revue Electronique de Communication
> A Digital Divide? Facts, Explanations, Policies
> Interested scholars are invited to submit manuscripts for a special
>issue of Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de
>Communication (EJC/REC) that will focus on research and theory
>concerning the so-called digital divide. Presently, heated discussions
>are taking place in America and Europe, in particular, about whether
>there is such a digital divide or not. And when it is deemed to exist,
>the next question is whether it will close or widen in years to come.
>Most of this discussion is politically charged. Solid scientific
>research and analysis are scarce. In the meantime, official statistics
>are beginning to appear, like those of the US Census Bureau, summarized
>in the NTIA's reports Falling through the Net I, II, III, the
>Eurobarometer and United Nations Development Reports. However, research
>and analysis based on these resources and other primarily descriptive
>statistics does not take into consideration the multifaceted nature of
>access, the social, cultural, and psychological causes for lack of
>access, the need for theory to explain these problems and policy
>measures to address them, and the contributions that a communicative or
>psychological perspective can provide.
> We invite manuscripts that address the digital divide and any of the
>problems associated with understanding its nature, its origins, and its
>potential solutions. In particular, we welcome:
> * Empirical studies related to the existence of a digital divide
>(clearly defined) among one or more of the categories of income,
>education, occupation, age, sex, race and ethnicity. Multivariate
>analyses are preferred.
> * Summary statistics and other concise descriptions of distributions
>of computers, networks, skills and uses around the world, including
>Northern America, European Union, Eastern Europe, Eastern Asia and the
> * Explanations of (in)equalities based on longitudinal data and/or
>multivariate models, new conceptual distinctions, and/or theories of
>(in)equality in the information and network society.
> * Studies highlighting problems of attitudes towards digital
>technology, digital skills, usage styles and actual usage in different
>social contexts, with special attention to the social categories
> * Studies supporting or refuting popular claims about digital
>technology and its opportunities to solve inequalities. For example,
>has digital technology enabled higher rates of political participation
>in general or has it benefited the existing political elite and already
>politically active with yet another instrument to increase their
> * Descriptions and analyses of concrete policy measures pursued by
>governments, corporations, union-, consumer- and user groups and civic
> Manuscripts should be prepared following guidelines of the American
>Psychological Association (4th ed.). Authors should be careful to
>remove all personal references from the manuscript to allow for blind
>review. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically. After acceptance
>both a hard copy and an electronic copy will be required. Deadline for
>the receipt of manuscripts is July 31, 2001.
> Notification of (non)acceptance within 5 weeks (receipts in June and
>July 2 weeks longer).
>Authors should submit manuscripts to the Guest Editor:
>Prof. Dr. Jan A.G.M. van Dijk
>University of Twente
>Department of Communication
>Chair: Sociology of the Information Society
>Post Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede
> Contributions will be reviewed by the editorial board of this
>special issue: Jan A.G.M. van Dijk, University of Twente NL, Kenneth
>Hacker, State University of New Mexico, Joe Straubhaar, University of
>Texas, Austin and a fourth communication researcher from a third world
>country, to be confirmed.
> The Electronic Journal of Communication/La revue electronique de
>communication, one of the first five electronic refereed scholarly
>journals ever created, has been in continuous publication since 1990.
>For more information, see http://www.cios.org/www/ejcrec2.htm.
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