REPORT: GAPS IN INTERNET USE PERSIST IN CHICAGO
A new report suggests that there are gaps in Internet use and access in
Chicago, but that there are opportunities for progress.
"Digital Excellence in Chicago: A City-Wide View," co-authored by Karen
Mossberger of the University of Illinois at Chicago and researchers at
the University of Iowa, found that 25 percent of all Chicagoans do not
use the Internet. About 15 percent have only limited access.
"This study is the first in the country to show how neighborhoods in a
city differ in use of technology and barriers to use of technology,"
said Mossberger, UIC associate professor of public administration.
The study is based on a telephone survey and analysis commissioned by
the city of Chicago that tracked Internet use in each of the city's 77
"The data define the relevant gaps in technology use, so they provide a
baseline for targeted efforts to bridge the digital divide in Chicago,"
Among the findings:
-Disparities between African Americans and whites were small in regard
to overall use, but fewer African Americans have home access.
-Latinos lag behind both African Americans and whites in most aspects
of Internet use. Only 39 percent of Spanish-speaking Latinos were
Internet users, compared to 79 percent of English-speaking respondents.
-Both African-Americans and Latinos without Internet access at home are
more likely than whites to cite costs as the main reason for not being
online, rather than a lack of interest.
-One-third of the respondents reported using the Internet at public
libraries. Those most likely to use the Internet at a library or
community center are younger, better educated, low-income or African
Mossberger said as more information and services move online, the costs
increase for those residents who are excluded, because the Internet has
become "a critical resource for work, information, civic engagement,
access to government services and health."
The full report is posted at
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