Digitalisation, educational and social development in Greater China

Ka Ho Joshua MOK, Dennis LEUNG

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Abstract

This new century has witnessed the rapid and frequent emergence of many new information and communications technologies (ICTs). On one hand, digitalisation enhances our economic, social and political lives. But on the other hand, it leads to certain negative social impacts. One prevalent problem is digital divide the gap between different social groups (namely, the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’) in access to and in their different usages of ICTs. It has been of concern that digital divide will exacerbate existing inequalities, erode traditional community ties, socially exclude the disadvantaged and hinder the growth of the knowledge economy. All these will pose damage to the social fabric internally and international competitiveness externally. This article aims to examine the recent policies and coping strategies adopted by Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong to bridge the digital divide and their economic, social and political implications. Copyright © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-294
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Citation

Mok, K. H., & Leung, D. (2012). Digitalisation, educational and social development in Greater China. Globalisation, Societies and Education, 10(3), 271-294.

Keywords

  • Digital divide
  • Greater China
  • Inequality
  • Innovation
  • New information and communication technology