Explaining the Global Digital Divide: Economic, Political and Sociological Drivers of Cross-National Internet Use

@article{Guilln2005ExplainingTG,
  title={Explaining the Global Digital Divide: Economic, Political and Sociological Drivers of Cross-National Internet Use},
  author={M. Guill{\'e}n and Mauro F Sandra L Suarez},
  journal={Social Forces},
  year={2005},
  volume={84},
  pages={681 - 708}
}
  • M. Guillén, Mauro F Sandra L Suarez
  • Published 2005
  • Sociology
  • Social Forces
  • We argue that the global digital divide, as measured by cross-national differences in Internet use, is the result of the economic, regulatory and sociopolitical characteristics of countries and their evolution over time. We predict Internet use to increase with world-system status, privatization and competition in the telecommunications sector, democracy and cosmopolitanism. Using data on 118 countries from 1997 through 2001, we find relatively robust support for each of our hypotheses. We… CONTINUE READING
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