- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- List of Abbreviations
- The challenges of ICTs
- The ICT paradigm
- Markets and policies in new knowledge economies
- Globalization of the ICT labour force
- Productivity and ICTs: A review of the evidence
- Economic policy analysis and the internet: Coming to terms with a telecommunications anomaly
- Internet diffusion and the geography of the digital divide in the United States
- The economics of ICTs: Building blocks and implications
- On confronting some common myths of is strategy discourse
- Information technology sourcing: Fifteen years of learning
- ICT, organizations, and networks
- Information technology and the dynamics of organizational change
- Making sense of ICT, new media, and ethics
- Electronic networks, power, and democracy
- E‐democracy: The history and future of an idea
- Communicative entitlements and democracy: The future of the digital divide debate
- Governance and state organization in the digital era
- Privacy protection and ICT: Issues, instruments, and concepts
- Surveillance, power, and everyday life
- New media literacies: At the intersection of technical, cultural, and discursive knowledges
- Youthful experts? A critical appraisal of children's emerging internet literacy
- The interrelations between online and offline: Questions, issues, and implications
- ICTs and political movements
- ICTs and communities in the twentyfirst century: Challenges and perspectives
- ICTs and inequality: Net gains for women?
Abstract and Keywords
This article attempts to map the depth and importance of the problems at issue: first, through a review of digital divide debates at a time (2005) when in policy circles they are no longer in fashion; secondly by linking this to recent debates in political sociology and media sociology about, respectively, the declining prospects for political engagement, and the public uses of people's media consumption; and finally by reviewing competing theoretical formulations of the communicative preconditions of democracy. It suggests that all citizens require a share of a society's communicative resources if they are to participate effectively in the democratic process, and considers what form such resources should take. Arguing that ‘digital divide’ debates have pushed this issue to the centre of policy discussions the article assesses what policies might be needed to achieve improved distributive equity with respect to these resources. It provides an insight into how the communicative preconditions of democracy might be understood in the light of the growing use of ICTs.
Nick Couldry is Professor of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
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