Multi-platform approach as an answer to the digital divide: which way to go?

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Abstract

In june 2005 the European Commission launched its i2010 strategy. The main goal is to achieve job growth and economic development in order to reach the Lisbon objective, becoming the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. The framework of the Information Society and the underlying information and communication technologies are at the centre of this strategy. It is in this context that the problem of the digital divide arises. Although a number of new technologies emerge, providing alternative channels to participate in the information society, the figures are not that satisfactory. This paper investigates, to a certain extent, in what way new technologies, in an overall multi-platform approach, could provide answers to the bridging of the digital divide.
To do so, the paper addresses several issues. Firstly the concept of the digital divide is elaborated. Secondly an overview of the current technological possibilities are given. Thirdly the preconditions for a multi-platform strategy are briefly drafted. Fourthly and finally a goal-oriented review and evaluation of EU and Belgium/Flemish policy in regard to a multi-platform strategy is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaper for Communication Policy & Technology section at IAMCR Conference, Taipei (Taiwan), 26-28 July 2005.
PublisherInternational Association for Media and Communication Research
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2005
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • multiplatform
  • EU policy
  • i2010

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