The Digital Divide as a Complex and Dynamic Phenomenon

  title={The Digital Divide as a Complex and Dynamic Phenomenon},
  author={Jan van Dijk and Kenneth L. Hacker},
  journal={The Information Society},
  pages={315 - 326}
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