Publications, articles, research reports, and other outputs.
Baker, P.M.A., Hanson, J., & Hunsinger, J. (Eds.). (2013). The Unconnected: Social Justice, Participation and Engagement in the Information Society. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishers.
Despite improvements to those affected by the digital divide, there are still many people who remain «unconnected» in todayʼs world. This volume examines the problems of addressing the digital divide by closely examining those who remain unconnected – the untouchables or untouched within the information society. Some remain untouched because of access or ability issues that also reflect race, disability, class, geography, and socio-economic status, but others may be prevented from participation by factors of religion, language, philosophy, culture, or simply disinterest.
This collection of thirteen essays written by noted experts in public policy, civic engagement, communication, urban planning, and political science, examine the social, economic, and political contexts of the failure to reach the unconnected, and the importance of including these people in a dynamic, engaged civic democracy. Additionally the authors consider the role of the polis—or city state marked by a sense of “community”—in engaging the unconnected, and the future of the polis as population shifts in urban, suburban, and rural areas change the playing field for digital communications.