Moving Forward on Digital Inclusion: A framework for integrating research, policy and practice

Deborah West, David Heath

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Abstract

The concept of a technological divide is frequently employed to discuss and analyse the social inequities that exist in relation to the use of technology. These disparities occur across local, regional, national and international levels of society and consequences include the reduction of people’s ability to participate in the information economy. This paper reflects on the Framework for Inquiry into the Technological Divide; a social work framework to facilitate understanding and provide direction to research, policy and practice targeted at closing the technological divide. Application of the framework is discussed in light of a recent study carried out in the Northern Territory of Australia that investigated the presence of a technological divide at the care nexus of people with dementia, carers and practitioners. A summary of broader applications of the framework is also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-28
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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