- Copyright Page
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- Introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society: Terms, Domains, and Themes
- ESRC Review: Methodology
- ESRC Review: Health and Well-Being
- Computer-Mediated Communication and Mental Health: A Computational Scoping Review of an Interdisciplinary Field
- Digital Inclusion and Women’s Health and Well-Being in Rural Communities
- Digital Technology for Older People: A Review of Recent Research
- A Digital Nexus: Sustainable HCI and Domestic Resource Consumption
- ESRC Review: Communication and Relationships
- Media Mastery by College Students: A Typology and Review
- Boundary Management and Communication Technologies
- ESRC Review: Economy and Organizations
- The Changing Nature of Knowledge and Service Work in the Age of Intelligent Machines
- Workplace “Digital Culture” and the Uptake of Digital Solutions: Personal and Organizational Factors
- ESRC Review: Communities and Identities
- Digital Engagement and Class: Economic, Social, and Cultural Capital in a Digital Age
- ESCR Review: Citizenship and Politics
- Digital Ecology of Free Speech: Authenticity, Identity, and Self-Censorship
- ESRC Review: Data and Representation
- Digital Citizenship in the Age of Datafication
- Digitizing Cultural Complexity: Representing Rich Cultural Data in a Big Data Environment
- Motivations for Online Knowledge Sharing
- ESCR Review: Governance and Security
- Governance and Accountability in Internet of Things (IoT) Networks
- ESRC Review: Future Research on the Social, Organizational, and Personal Impacts of Automation: Findings from Two Expert Panels
- Conclusion: Cross-Cutting, Unique, and General Themes in the <i>Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society</i>
Abstract and Keywords
This review explores the role of digital inclusion in women’s health and well-being in rural communities. This involves reviewing existing research that focuses on the information experiences of women, specifically those who were digitally excluded or limited users of the Internet, who have benefitted from the support of digital inclusion initiatives and technology. There is a global gender digital divide in which more women than men often lack access to information and digital skills, particularly in rural areas. Digital inclusion initiatives are attempting to close this divide and to enable women to make informed decisions about their health and well-being and their families. The review also identifies that digital inclusion is a complex situation of enquiry; there is limited, fragmented research in which the concepts of information literacy and digital inclusion have been brought together; and significant tensions and contradictions exist within digital inclusion practice. The review also highlights the opportunity for further research and theory development.
Sharon Wagg is a doctoral researcher in the Centre of Information Management, part of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, United Kingdom. She is the recipient of the Mark Hepworth PhD scholarship, and her research interests include digital inclusion and social change, information literacy, and lifelong learning. Sharon worked as part of the research team at the digital inclusion charity Good Things Foundation, and has a master’s degree in Librarianship (Distinction) from the University of Sheffield. Her PhD dissertation investigated digital inclusion initiatives in the context of rural communities in the United Kingdom.
Louise Cooke is Professor of Information and Knowledge Management in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. Her main research interests focus on the ethical aspects of information, data and knowledge use, and the societal value of access to information. In particular, her work has focused on challenges to freedom of expression in the online environment. She led the Arts and Humanities Research Center–funded MAIPLE (Managing Access to the Internet in Public Libraries) and JISC-funded staff access to Information and Communication Technology in UK Further Education and Higher Education projects. Her PhD thesis investigated the impact on freedom of expression of measures taken to regulate internet access and content. She has published widely in the field of information science.
Boyka Simeonova is Lecturer in Information Management at Loughborough University, United Kingdom. Boyka is Director of the Knowledge and the Digital Economy Network and Deputy Director of the Centre for Information Management at Loughborough University. Boyka is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Boyka is the recipient of the Dean’s Early Career Researcher Award at Loughborough University and has published in Information Systems and Management.
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