Special Issue "Digital Inequalities"


A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Roderick Graham
Department of Sociology, Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02903, USA
Website: http://www.roderickgraham.com
E-Mail: rgraham@ric.edu
Phone: +1 401 456 8727
Interests: social stratification; race and ethnicity; new media technologies; Internet studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Scholars have focused considerable effort on understanding the economic and technological changes in our information society. However, there are also tremendous social changes. Ever increasing amounts of political participation, crime and deviance, education, social networking, and selection of intimate partners are done through information and communication technologies. With so much social activity occurring in the digital environment, it is imperative that scholars explore the implications of this shift.

One area of exploration is the various inequalities that occur because of differences in access or usage between groups. The purpose of this Special Issue, a continuation of the inaugural “Inequality in the Digital Environment” Special Issue published in 2013, will be to explore these inequalities. Previous papers presented research on racial inequalities, access to technology for people with disabilities, and gender differences in online aggression.

Papers for this issue can extend these discussions or explore other issues. Some potential topics include inequalities in:

  • material access to the Internet
  • civic and political participation in the online environment
  • digital literacy
  • social capital
  • telecommunications infrastructure between and within nations
  • social support
  • diversity of usage (With respect to both hardware and software)
  • representative content (web content that reflects the culture or interests of the audience)
  • framing of news stories or events
  • the production of racial and ethnic stereotypes

Dr. Roderick Graham
Guest Editor


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 500 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • digital divide
  • digital inequality
  • social stratification
  • race and ethnicity
  • social Class

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Future Internet 2014, 6(4), 673-687; doi:10.3390/fi6040673 (registering DOI)
Received: 2 September 2014; in revised form: 16 October 2014 / Accepted: 21 October 2014 / Published: 31 October 2014
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Future Internet 2014, 6(3), 482-497; doi:10.3390/fi6030482
Received: 23 June 2014; in revised form: 7 August 2014 / Accepted: 8 August 2014 / Published: 19 August 2014
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