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Digital Divide in Italy among individuals by using endogenous metrics

The digital divide can occur either as a “local” (within a given country) or “global” (between developing and
industrialized countries) phenomenon. Our study analyse the digital divide in Italy and the factors contributing to this
situation at a territorial level (i.e., macroareas: North, Center, South and at a provincial level) as well as by analyzing the
characteristics of individuals (in Italy, men and young people are more apt to utilize the new technologies than women
and the elderly are). To do this, we used the registration of Internet domains under the “.it” ccTLD as a proxy. In
particular, we analyzed the domain names registered by individuals. The analysis produced interesting results: In Italy
almost all the domain names, registered by individuals, are held by few provinces, compared to Italian population and the
national income that is distributed almost equally in all Italian provinces Furthermore, when analyzing the factors that
contribute to the presence of a digital divide at a provincial level, regression analysis was performed using social,
economic and infrastructure indicators. Results show that Italian provinces that have good productivity, a high cultural
level, and a greater spending for investment in telephony and telematics are the best candidates for utilization of the
Internet.


International Conference IADIS WWW/Internet 2005, Lisbon, Portugal, 2005

Autori: M. Martinelli, I.Serrecchia , M. Serrecchia.
Autori IIT:

Tipo: Articolo in Atti di convegno internazionale con referee
Area di disciplina: Information Technology and Communication Systems

File: wwwInternet 2005.pdf

Attività: Studio della diffusione di Internet e del Digital Divide in Italia