Special Issue "Inequality in the Digital Environment"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2013)

Special Issue Editors

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

Guest Editor
Dr. Kyungsub S. Choi
Department of Computer Information Systems, School of Management, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908-1991, USA
Website: http://faculty.ric.edu/kchoi/
E-Mail: kchoi@ric.edu
Phone: +1 401-456-8412
Fax: +1 401-456-8759
Interests: social media; mobile technologies; social computing; group differences

Guest Editor
Dr. P. Khalil Saucier
Department of Sociology, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI, USA
E-Mail: psaucier@ric.edu
Interests: critical race theory; cultural studies and black political theory

Guest Editor
Dr. Danielle Taana Smith
Department of Sociology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA
E-Mail: Danielle.Smith@rit.edu
Interests: global violence; race and ethnicity; healthcare

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue of Future Internet is dedicated to exploring inequalities between groups in the digital environment.  The “digital environment” here refers to the interconnected online environment, which includes all devices that allow users to go online (mobile phones, desktop computers, tablet computers, some household appliances).  Inequality here refers to disparities in material access and quality of usage between groups.  Papers should explore inequalities in the digital environment between economic classes, racial groups, communities, and other types of social groups and categories.

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)

Much research has been done on the technological and economic aspects of the inequality online, but relatively less has been done on inequalities in content production.  Thus, special interest will be given to papers that explore inequalities in:

  • 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
Dr. Kyungsub Choi
Dr. P. Khalil Saucier
Dr. Danielle Taana Smith
Guest Editors

For further questions/inquiries, please contact Dr. Roderick Graham : rgraham@ric.edu


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  • digital divide
  • digital inequality
  • social stratification

Published Papers (6 papers)

Future Internet 2013, 5(1), 56-66; doi:10.3390/fi5010056
Received: 16 January 2013; in revised form: 24 February 2013 / Accepted: 28 February 2013 / Published: 6 March 2013
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Future Internet 2013, 5(2), 190-204; doi:10.3390/fi5020190
Received: 12 March 2013; in revised form: 8 April 2013 / Accepted: 15 April 2013 / Published: 7 May 2013
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Future Internet 2013, 5(2), 251-267; doi:10.3390/fi5020251
Received: 11 March 2013; Accepted: 7 May 2013 / Published: 24 May 2013
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Future Internet 2013, 5(3), 301-316; doi:10.3390/fi5030301
Received: 11 March 2013; in revised form: 17 May 2013 / Accepted: 6 June 2013 / Published: 26 June 2013
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Future Internet 2013, 5(3), 376-397; doi:10.3390/fi5030376
Received: 15 March 2013; in revised form: 11 May 2013 / Accepted: 19 June 2013 / Published: 17 July 2013
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Future Internet 2013, 5(4), 580-584; doi:10.3390/fi5040580
Received: 9 November 2013; in revised form: 19 November 2013 / Accepted: 19 November 2013 / Published: 26 November 2013
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Last update: 17 October 2013

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