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What Accounts for the Differences in Internet Diffusion Rates Around the World?

What Accounts for the Differences in Internet Diffusion Rates Around the World?
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Author(s): Ravi Nath (Creighton University, USA) and Vasudeva N.R. Murthy (Creighton University, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 10
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch705

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Abstract

Clearly, the Internet and its applications are pivotal in facilitating the economic activities of nations as well as significantly influencing an individual's work and life. However, the fact is, the Internet diffusion rates remain vastly uneven across nations. Why? This paper attempts to identify some of the key economic, political, cultural, technological, and individual factors that influence the diffusion rates of the Internet across the nations of the world. Support for the stated factors is provided by citing existing research studies conducted across many nations. Further, a comprehensive understanding of the factors germane to the diffusion of the Internet is essential in formulating and implementing policies that spur the availability and usage of the Internet.

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