From Digital Divide to Digital Dividend

From Digital Divide to Digital Dividend

Nikhilesh Dholakia (University of Rhode Island, USA) and Nir Kshetri (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-553-5.ch216
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Despite rapidly falling costs of hardware, software, and telecommunications services, a wide gap persists between rich and poor nations in terms of their capabilities of accessing, delivering, and exchanging information in digital forms (Carter & Grieco, 2000). Developing countries, comprising over 81% of the world population, account for a tiny fraction of global e-commerce. An estimate suggests that 99.9% of business-to-consumer e-commerce in 2003 took place in the developed regions of North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific (Computer Economics, 2000).

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