First- and second-level digital divides in Cuba: Differences in Internet motivation, access, skills and usage

  • Alexander van Deursen University of Twente
  • Lila Solis Andrade
Keywords: digital inequality, digital divide, Cuba, Internet skills, Internet use, Internet access

Abstract

The digital divide is an important academic concern. Whereas the first generation of studies focused only on physical and material Internet access, more recent research has considered the importance of skills and usage gaps. This study seeks to bring to light meaningful insights into first and second levels of the digital divide in the special case of Cuba, which is characterized by a very restricted media environment. Results reveal that in an admittedly socialist country where inequality is very present, increased access to the Internet might particularly benefit those who are already in privileged positions.

Published
2018-08-01
How to Cite
Deursen, A. van, & Solis Andrade, L. (2018). First- and second-level digital divides in Cuba: Differences in Internet motivation, access, skills and usage. First Monday, 23(8). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v23i8.8258