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Multiple Dimensions: Indicators for Measuring Success



Dear Friends, Since its conceptual beginnings in the 1990s, “digital divide ” discourse has centered on access to technology, predicating solutions based on additional hardware and wiring. However, there is growing recognition that a computer and Internet connection are not enough. In fact, a whole range of digital disparity gaps converge at the intersection of 21st century literacies—effective use of information, skills to create as well as consume content, and the availability of relevant and affordable content—that must be addressed to achieve meaningful equity. To broaden the discourse, in August 2002 the Pacific Bell/UCLA Initiative for 21st Century Literacies hosted a public policy Roundtable entitled The Digital Divide’s Multiple Dimensions: Indicators for Measuring Success. Employing a connectivity-capability-content framework contributed by Roundtable co-leader Jorge Schement, more than 25 experts on the digital divide, public policy, and evaluation methods as well as four graduate students gathered to discuss barriers that exist even when “machine access ” is achieved as well as ways in which we may begin to measure progress and remaining gaps. Attempting to address the digital divide comprehensively—including issues implied within connectivity, capability, and content—is not easy! Yet our outstanding participants, each of whom offered important perspectives in their unique areas of expertise, rose to this challenge, generating robust discussion that captured the complexities underlyin

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