ACM: a new index to measure the digital divide

Roman Brandtweiner, Johann Kerschbaum, Elisabeth Donat

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung


In developed countries, access to the internet has become, at least
hypothetically, possible for everybody. Although access is a precondition for
usage, it does not automatically lead to usage. More sophisticated measures are
needed to explain the persistent number of non-users. In our paper a new index
measure is developed. Based on a representative survey in Austria (N = 529),
we reconstruct the DDIX of Selhofer and Hüsing (2002). Our critique of this
index is then used to develop a new index. We argue that, in addition to access,
skills and motivation are important components for new internet users.
Seiten (von - bis)590 - 610
FachzeitschriftInternational Journal of Electronic Business
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Okt. 2008