This study aims to endeavor to explore the extent of gender digital divide(GDD) in Uttar Pradesh (U.P., IT-Hub of North India), a most populous state of India, with a particular focus on the first and second order of digital divide, including availability, access time and use of the internet.
The authors have adopted stratified multistage sampling procedure for this research and conducted an empirical study on the data set of 600 respondents of six districts of U.P. to perform the inter-regional analysis. Furthermore, χ2 method has been used to reveal the factors responsible for the GDD among selected districts of UP.
Statistical results clearly indicate that out of 12 sub-districts, most of the districts suffered from first order as well as second order of GDD, and this gender disparity within an increasing digitization environment is due to the existence of exclusion from basic technological skills, social norms and financial constraints.
The results have implications for the U.P. Government in general and policymakers behind digitization projects in particular as well as the promoters of gender equality including researchers and fellows.
This study is the first to illustrate the orders of the digital gender gap in a developing economy such as India and to gain an insight into the factors behind it. This research will also consider a promising avenue for future work.
The authors would like to thank the V.V.Giri National Labor Research Institute for its cooperation and support in providing the database of their study. Without its long-term vision for research, this, and many other studies of this kind, would not be possible.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position or opinions of the VVGNLI or its members.
Bala, S. and Singhal, P. (2018), "Gender digital divide in India: a case of inter-regional analysis of Uttar Pradesh", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 173-192. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-07-2017-0046Download as .RIS
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