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Digitalisation, educational and social development in Greater China
Globalisation, Societies and Education
  • Ka Ho, Joshua MOK, Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Ka Kuen, Dennis LEUNG, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
9-1-2012
Keywords
  • digital divide,
  • Greater China,
  • inequality,
  • innovation,
  • new information and communication technology
Abstract

This new century has witnessed the rapid and frequent emergence of many new information and communications technologies (ICTs). On one hand, digitalisation enhances our economic, social and political lives. But on the other hand, it leads to certain negative social impacts. One prevalent problem is digital divide--the gap between different social groups (namely, the "haves" and "have nots") in access to and in their different usages of ICTs. It has been of concern that digital divide will exacerbate existing inequalities, erode traditional community ties, socially exclude the disadvantaged and hinder the growth of the knowledge economy. All these will pose damage to the social fabric internally and international competitiveness externally. This article aims to examine the recent policies and coping strategies adopted by Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong to bridge the digital divide and their economic, social and political implications.

DOI
10.1080/14767724.2012.710118
Scopus EID
https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84866305685&doi=10.1080%2f14767724.2012.710118&partnerID=40&md5=a783964fcd3ce2032f37bfd0d018be81
E-ISSN
14767732
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Mok, K. H., & Leung, D. (2012). Digitalisation, educational and social development in Greater China. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 10(3), 271-294. doi: 10.1080/14767724.2012.710118