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Title:ICTs, digital divide and the contemporary socialisation process: insights from Nigeria
Author:Odunlami, Dele
Periodical:Journal of communication and media research (ISSN 2141-5277)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:information technology
access to information
information literacy
social inequality
Abstract:A lot of suspicions and skepticism are still being expressed in intellectual circles, on the effects of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on everyday life, in spite of its landmarks and benefits. The fear has been expressed, for instance, that unequal access to ICTs, especially the Internet, will further widen the divide between the information-rich and the information-poor. In Nigeria, as in many less developed countries, although access to Internet infrastructure is widening, some socio-economic factors still make the Internet an expensive platform for many prospective patrons. If left unaddressed, this will continue to give an advantage to the privileged, urban-based and computer-savvy elite and ruling class. This article examines these issues and their implications for Nigeria. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]