Digital Disempowerment

Digital Disempowerment

Kenneth L. Hacker (New Mexico State University, USA), Shana M. Mason (New Mexico State University, USA) and Eric L. Morgan (New Mexico State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 36
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-968-7.ch006
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The digital divide involves fundamental ethics issues concerning how democracy and democratization are related to computer-mediated communication (CMC) and its role in political communication. As the roles of CMC/ICT systems expand in political communication, existing digital divide gaps are likely to contribute to structural inequalities in political participation. These inequalities work against democracy and political empowerment and produce social injustices at the same time as they produce expanded opportunities of political participation. Our guiding premise is that CMC/ICT policies that minimize inequalities of access, usage, and participation are more ethical than policies that neglect the democratization of new communication technologies and networks.

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