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The value of mixed-method longitudinal panel studies in ICT research: transitions in and out of 'ICT poverty' as a case in point

The value of mixed-method longitudinal panel studies in ICT research: transitions in and out of 'ICT poverty' as a case in point
The value of mixed-method longitudinal panel studies in ICT research: transitions in and out of 'ICT poverty' as a case in point
This paper uses a unique British three-wave longitudinal dataset to examine the rates of transitions into and out of "ICT poverty" defined as having Internet access in the household and/or having a mobile phone. This serves three purposes: it shows that many are still "passing by" ICT ownership, that "gaining ICT" access is not a one-way street - many just pass through; and that the rates of dropping out differ for different ICTs and for different groups of people. This has implications for both commercial and public policy strategy. It also shows the value of longitudinal approaches to data collection without which this kind of analysis would be impossible.
poverty, digital divide, longitudinal panel, transitions, churn, internet, mobile phone
1369-118X
343-367
Anderson, B.
01e98bbd-b402-48b0-b83e-142341a39b2d
Anderson, B.
01e98bbd-b402-48b0-b83e-142341a39b2d

Anderson, B. (2005) The value of mixed-method longitudinal panel studies in ICT research: transitions in and out of 'ICT poverty' as a case in point. Information, Communication and Society, 8 (3), 343-367. (doi:10.1080/13691180500259160).

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This paper uses a unique British three-wave longitudinal dataset to examine the rates of transitions into and out of "ICT poverty" defined as having Internet access in the household and/or having a mobile phone. This serves three purposes: it shows that many are still "passing by" ICT ownership, that "gaining ICT" access is not a one-way street - many just pass through; and that the rates of dropping out differ for different ICTs and for different groups of people. This has implications for both commercial and public policy strategy. It also shows the value of longitudinal approaches to data collection without which this kind of analysis would be impossible.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: poverty, digital divide, longitudinal panel, transitions, churn, internet, mobile phone
Organisations: Energy & Climate Change Group

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Local EPrints ID: 350369
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350369
ISSN: 1369-118X
PURE UUID: c2e760af-8c7a-4faf-ae6f-d6c2d3dd88db
ORCID for B. Anderson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2092-4406

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Date deposited: 15 Apr 2013 13:27
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 21:39

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