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Greenwood Press


Many have argued that inequalities of access to the Internet in an information-driven society pose a serious social problem and that public investment is needed to solve it. Others contend that the digital divide is a minor concern that will resolve itself without government involvement and spending. The positions we take on this debate depend upon our understanding of how new technologies spread throughout society, whether we think Internet access is a frill or a necessity, and our vision of whether government can and ought to help broaden access.

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Battleground: The media


Robin Andersen
Jonathan Gray


Reprinted with permission from the editors, Robin Andersen and Jonathan Gray.



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