Lost in cyberspace: barriers to bridging the digital divide in e-politics
In our analysis of e-political participation among a 2003-random sample survey of 478 respondents drawn from Iowa, Pennsylvania and Colorado, six blocks of variables were entered: (1) socio-demographic (2) place effects, (3) voting, (4) technology use (VCR, cell phone, etc.) and computer apathy, (5) attitudes toward technology and (6) specific uses of the internet. In the final block, younger and White respondents are more apt to be e-citizens. Computer training apathy decreases, and IT advantages increase, support for e-citizenry. Seeking medical e-information and making e-purchases increases engagement in e-politics. No main effects of place are found. For Colorado and Iowa residents, less-engaged voters reported less online political engagement, while those who are more likely to vote are also more likely to be advocates of e-politics. The final model explains 56% of the variation in e-government participation.
This article is published as Shelley, M., Thrane, L.E., Shulman, S.W., Lost in cyberspace: barriers to bridging the digital divide in e-politics. International Journal of Internet and Enterprise Management. 2006. 4(3); 228-243. DOI: 10.1504/IJIEM.2006.010916. Posted with permission.