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Seeking equity in the national information infrastructure

Ronald D. Doctor (Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama, 536 Main Library, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. He has Bachelor′s Master′s and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from UCLA, as well as an MLS from the University of Washington′s School of Library and Information Science. His curent areas of research deal with information technology and society, and community information systems. He coordinated and chaird a thirty‐five‐speaker, eight‐session program, Informatin Democracy: Creating an Agenda for Action, at the 1992 annual meeting of the American Society for the Information Science (ASIS))

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 September 1994

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Abstract

Available evidence indicates that there is a growing gap between the information rich and information poor. That gap is part of a larger struggle for control of information resources and for the societal power that accompanies such control. New institutional arrangements are needed to spread the benefits of modern information technologies to all segments of the population. Achieving social equity objectives requires governmental leadership and funding. But current legislative proposals for shaping the National Information Infrastructure (NII) lack clear statements as to how the social equity objectives enunciated by the President and Vice President would be accomplished. These proposals seem to make insufficient provision for expanding the development of more than 150 computerized community information systems (CCIS) created by grass‐roots organizations over the past several years. Locally controlled information delivery systems supported by a federally sponsored system of National and Regional Institutes for Information Democracy could help meet the daily information needs of all people, regardless of economic class or community environment. The Institutes would provide sustained support for anc coordination of social equity and empowerment objectives, and could servie as the institutional structures lacking in current legislation

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Doctor, R.D. (1994), "Seeking equity in the national information infrastructure", Internet Research, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 9-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/10662249410798867

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