Digital inclusion: the vision and reality

Damodaran, L, Olphert, W, Gilbertson, T, Craig, M and Sandhu, J, 2015. Digital inclusion: the vision and reality. In: ICDS 2015: The Ninth International Conference on Digital Society, Lisbon, Portugal, 22-27 February 2015. IARIA (International Academy, Research, and Industry Association), pp. 22-28. ISBN 9781612083810


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The benefits of a digitally inclusive society are vast and the need for such inclusion is now a requirement for full participation in our society. While the basic concept of universal digital inclusion is simple, the reality is a long way from the vision. Despite efforts to reduce it, inequality of access still exists. The beneficiaries of a digital society are not just the individual, but all stakeholders in the wider society. While the challenges to achieve a fully inclusive digital society are considerable, the knowledge of how to create such a society already exists. The creation of local venues f or inclusively designed ICT (Information and Communications Technology), support and learning in familiar places along with the harnessing of political will could make such a society a reality rather than a vision. With the cooperation of all stakeholders , actualisation of the vision of a digitally inclusive society, while challenging, will yield opportunities that eclipse the cost of implementation.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Damodaran, L., Olphert, W., Gilbertson, T., Craig, M. and Sandhu, J.
Publisher: IARIA (International Academy, Research, and Industry Association)
Date: 2015
ISSN: 2308-3956
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 28 Oct 2015 10:34
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 10:49

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