In this video, Dr. Robin Mansell, Professor of New Media and the Internet at The LSE, critically discusses the 'digital divide' concept. Highlighting the significance of participatory user engagement with new technologies and digital services, Dr. Mansell argues, 'there is an overemphasis on [the digital divide] concept'. Rather than simply focus on access inequalities, Mansell posits we should be more concerned with providing users with the authority to decide which technologies they want access to and how that media will be used.
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'Digital Divide' is part of Global Policy Journal's 'a brief lecture' series. With narration from leading global policy academics and practitioners, these videos introduce viewers to the complex range of policy issues found in global politics.
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