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Digital Access and Information Networks for Hispanics in Idaho

Disciplines

American Popular Culture | Communication Technology and New Media | Community-Based Research | Inequality and Stratification | Latin American Studies | Work, Economy and Organizations

Abstract

Having access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digital devices expand the number of opportunities for economic upward mobility and social integration. Due to the low socioeconomic status of the majority of the Hispanic population in southern Idaho, they have limited access to digital devices as well as ICTs, known as digital divide. This limited access is problematic because it prevents the Hispanic population from taking advantage of work advancement, communication connection, and educational opportunities. This study explores the reasons behind the digital divide among Hispanics living in rural areas in southern Idaho. Through surveys and personal interaction with the Hispanic community in that area, this research investigates access to digital devices, the preference in the types of devices used, the utilization of those devices, and the reasons behind any lack of access. The purpose of this research is to gauge the amount of access to digital devices and ITCs that Hispanics have in southern Idaho in an effort to narrow the digital divide.

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Digital Access and Information Networks for Hispanics in Idaho

Having access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) and digital devices expand the number of opportunities for economic upward mobility and social integration. Due to the low socioeconomic status of the majority of the Hispanic population in southern Idaho, they have limited access to digital devices as well as ICTs, known as digital divide. This limited access is problematic because it prevents the Hispanic population from taking advantage of work advancement, communication connection, and educational opportunities. This study explores the reasons behind the digital divide among Hispanics living in rural areas in southern Idaho. Through surveys and personal interaction with the Hispanic community in that area, this research investigates access to digital devices, the preference in the types of devices used, the utilization of those devices, and the reasons behind any lack of access. The purpose of this research is to gauge the amount of access to digital devices and ITCs that Hispanics have in southern Idaho in an effort to narrow the digital divide.