Measuring the Broadband Access Divide

Michael Paul Fourman

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Abstract

Decreases in a Gini index for broadband uptake have been interpreted as evidence of a narrowing digital divide. Nevertheless, a significant divide persists.

How should we measure the divide? We propose two related indices, introduced in the context of health inequality by Wagstaff et al. (1991, 2005), as measures for the depth and breadth of the digital divide. We show how these quantify the contribution of the digital divide to social inequalities and cycles of deprivation. Depth measures the barriers to digital inclusion presented by existing deprivation. Breadth measures the degree to which the digital divide tends to reinforce existing inequalities.

We report briefly on two applications, one local, one global, to illustrate how these measures can be used to assess progress and inform policies intended to reduce the digital divide.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD '16)
PublisherACM
Chapter33
Pages1-4
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4306-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2016
EventEighth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development - Ann Arbor, United States
Duration: 3 Jun 20166 Jun 2016
https://ictd2016.info/

Conference

ConferenceEighth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development
Abbreviated titleICTD 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor
Period3/06/166/06/16
Internet address

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