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Spatial Dimensions of the Digital Divide: A Preliminary Approach to Spatial Accessibility

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2015, 4(1), pp.155-168
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography

Cho, Daeheon 1

1가톨릭관동대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

There has recently been growing interest in the digital divide with the rapid development of the information and communication technologies (ICTs). The main purpose of this article is to develop a framework for discussing the impacts of the digital divide in a spatial context by the literature review, and to conduct a case study of applying it to concrete empirical research. According to the result of the review, relatively little attention has been given to information itself which is the content of the ICTs, as well as outcomes or consequences of the digital divide in spatial perspective. I pointed out that more empirical studies focusing on the effects of ICTs and geospatial information on individuals and regions should be conducted. Then I suggested that spatial accessibility could be one of the main themes of such research, and carried out a case study of Seoul to identify the feasibility of empirical research. The preliminary analysis of case study showed that the digital divide could have a great impact on spatial accessibility or mobility. Further research is needed to find out the full future implications of that outcome.

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