Time Machines and Virtual Portals: The Spatialities of the Digital Divide

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Digital Divide

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It is frequently argued that the ’digital divide’ is one of the most significant development issues facing impoverished regions of the world. Yet, even though the term is inherently spatial, there have been no sustained efforts to examine the geographic assumptions underlying discourses of the „digital divide.‟ This article traces the history of the term, reviewing some of its tangible effects, and placing a focus on the temporal and spatial assumptions underpinning „digital divide‟ discourses. Alternative formulations of the „digital divide‟ are offered which take into account the hybrid, scattered, ordered, and individualised nature of cyberspaces.