Framing the digital divide: A comparison of U.S. and E.U. policy approaches

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This article explores key US and European Union policy documents to identify the similarities and differences in the way that the digital divide has been defined in both contexts in recent years. To that purpose, a computer-assisted text analysis was conducted, which identified not only the most frequent relevant terms in each document, but also patterns of semantic association among them. While significant differences related to the political specificities of each context were found, both sets of documents revealed a tendency over time to frame access in economic and market-based terms. The article argues that these results provide useful insights into the study of the globalization and homogenization of telecommunications policymaking.


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New Media & Society

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Stewart, C. M., Gil‐Egui, G., Tian, Y., and Pileggi, M. (2006). Framing the digital divide: A comparison of U.S. and E.U. policy approaches. New Media & Society. 8(5), 731‐751. doi:10.1177/1461444806067585



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