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INTERNET: Closing or Widening the Divide?

The arrival of the so-called information society—and with its recent ‘leap of faith’ in the Internet revolution—has brought about great strides in wealth creation, in linking distant cultures. The IT revolution has caused time and space to shrink, and borders to disappear. In other words, the technology has made the world far richer and much smaller. Yet, despite (or perhaps because of) such unprecedented technological advances we see widening inequalities between and within nations and societies alongside vast improvements in human condition overall. Now the disparities express in a new dimension—in the so-called Internet divide.

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