- 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 analyses the rapid diffusion of the Internet across the United States over the past decade for both households and firms. It puts the Internet's diffusion into the context of economic diffusion theory where costs and benefits are considered on the demand and supply side. The article also discusses several pictures of the Internet's current physical presence using some of the current main techniques for Internet measurement. It highlights different economic perspectives and explanations for the digital divide, that is, unequal availability and use of the Internet. This article provides an overview of the economic processes underlying the geographic digital divide. This involves two goals — to analyse a specific phenomenon, and to communicate general lessons.
Prof Shane Greenstein is Kellogg Chair in Information Technology at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA
Jeff Prince is Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University.
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