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call for papers: Digital Divide

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    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 14, 2001
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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
      >Third World.
      > * 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
      >mentioned above.
      > * 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.
      > Please forward this announcement to interested individuals.
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