April 7th, 2017
During the International Communication Association (ICA) conference in San Diego, CA, our Director Bill Dutton and Assistant Director Bibi Reisdorf will present results on two studies they conducted over the past year. Below you can find the abstract for their paper presentation at 2pm on Monday, 5/29/2017.
Since the early days of the Internet, researchers across various disciplines have focused on the phenomenon of digital divides and inequalities. With changing proportions of Internet users and non-users and changing perceptions from the Internet being a new innovation to something that the majority of citizens in North America and Western Europe take for granted come changing foci of investigation and changing questions. Using questionnaires from the US, Great Britain, Hungary, and South Africa reaching back to 1997, we examine how survey research questions on Internet use and non-use have evolved across diverse contexts. Through the lens of changing operational definitions of Internet use across time and space, you can see the ebb and flow of academic interest in digital divides, the changing meaning of that term, and the changing character of divides.