& the digital divide
An Emerald mission in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Digital connectivity became, for many of us, an essential part of our working and social lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing work to continue and for a degree of social contact to be maintained. For those with limited or no access to digital technology, or for those with limited digital skills – the pandemic brought increased inequality for both young and old.
Here we’re showcasing the work of researchers looking at such topics as digital skills, access and disability, older people and technology, and education and virtual learning during the pandemic. Lloyd Levine talks of the pandemic as a ‘focusing event’, shining a light on pre-existing digital inequalities in our society; and Mike Hynes calls for the need for a greater understanding of the societal, cultural, economic and environmental challenges posed by our new digital age.
How can we begin to narrow the digital divide? If you would like to contribute to the discussion or have research relating to digital inclusion and the digital divide, we’d love you to get in touch.
This mission is aligned with our Fairer society goal
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Is the digital divide of the past, present or future?
Prof Simon Rogerson of the De Montfort University, Leicester talks about how the the digital divide has become one of the most significant social divides of our time.
Who is being left behind by the headlong rush into a digital age?
Presented by: Mike Hynes (National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland)
Book by this author: The Social, Cultural and Environmental Costs of Hyper-Connectivity: Sleeping Through the Revolution (Due to publish August 2021)
The urban & suburban digital divide & the COVID-19 pandemic
Presented by: Lloyd Levine (University of California, USA)
Book chapter by this author: Chapter 1: Closing the Digital Divide: Justification for Government intervention from the Book Series: The “M” in [email protected]: Media Sociology vol: 18
Older adults & the digital divide
Presented by: Dr Johanna Birkland (Bridgewater College, USA)
Book by this author: Gerontechnology: Understanding Older Adult Information and Communication Technology Use
The Future of the Self: Understanding Personalization in Childhood and Beyond
Presented by: Natalia Kucirkova (University of Stavanger, Norway)
Book: The Future of the Self: Understanding Personalization in Childhood and Beyond
Retail Futures: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Digital Transformation
Presented by: Eleonora Pantano (University of Bristol, UK)
Book: Retail Futures: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Digital Transformation
Safeguarding adults in an era of social distancing
Presented by: Bridget Penhale, Editor of The Journal of Adult Protection (School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK), Ann Anka (School of Social Work, University of East Anglia, UK), Helen Thacker (Adult Social Services, Norfolk County Council, UK)
Article: Safeguarding adults practice and remote working in the COVID-19 era: challenges and opportunities
A digital lifeline for people with learning disabilities
Over 5,000 people with learning disabilities in England have already benefited from Digital Lifeline - a unique partnership project led by Good Things Foundation - a digital inclusion and social change charity with a vision for a world where everyone benefits from digital.
Dr Emma Stone from the Good Things Foundation talks about poverty & digital exclusion for the disabled.
Different routes to publication
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Publish your work on Emerald Open Research, our open access platform that supports an open data policy and open peer review process.
The Fairer Society gateway focuses on the creation of a just, inclusive society without any barriers to participation.
Talk to us about your work
We really welcome insights not only from researchers but practitioners too about their work.
If you would like to contribute to the discussion, or you are working on research in areas related to digital inclusion and the digital divide, please let us know by filling in this form.