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Mobilizing the Information Society$
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Robin Mansell

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295570.001.0001

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Social Communities: Access and Users’ Capabilities

Social Communities: Access and Users’ Capabilities

(p.37) 2 Social Communities: Access and Users’ Capabilities
Mobilizing the Information Society

Robin Mansell

W. Edward Steinmueller

Oxford University Press

The nature and degree of user engagement with the process is believed to determine the progress towards attaining the information society. While this engagement may be viewed from several different perspectives, the fundamental requirement remains in how users are able to develop their skills. Skills refers not only to how one is knowledgeable about operating browsers and launching software applications, it also covers the development of reflective capacities for technology use and the careful use of various networked communication and information technology for certain purposes. However, it is important that access to the Internet and World Wide Web services should be provided so that these skills may be widely available. As such, new understandings and norms of the ordering for the perception of social inclusion and exclusion, as well as the processes attributed to establishing social status, have to be considered.

Keywords:   user engagement, user skills, accessibility, Internet, web

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