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From: <Andrew.Arch@visionaustralia.org.au>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2003 23:01:24 +1000
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Digital Divide in Australia

Defining the Digital Divide

  "Access to and the ability to effectively use information and
  communications technologies (ICTs) to obtain information and services are
  becoming increasingly important to fully participate in contemporary
  Australian economic, political and social life.

  The global consensus on the positive contribution of ICTs to economic and
  social developments is rising. The role of ICTs in development highlights
  the major social changes they have on the way people conduct their daily
  activities in work, education, health and at home. ICTs have changed the
  way people view and use information. Information-based goods and services
  are increasingly becoming major sources of wealth, as information becomes
  the driving force of the information economy. "


  A few other digital divide references:
             Victorian eGovernment Resource Centre - lots of material                                       
       The "grey digital divide"                                                                            

       Report - A Digital Divide in Rural and Regional Australia?                                           

Dr Andrew Arch
Manager Online Accessibility Consulting, National Information and Library
Ph 613 9864 9222; Fax 613 9864 9210; Mobile 0438 755 565
http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/webaccessibility |
http://www.it-test.com.au/ | http://www.dc-anz.org/

Member, Education & Outreach Working Group,
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative
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