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Internet Diffusion in the Italian No-Profit Sector using Domain Names

This paper analyzes Internet diffusion among various organizations, based on daily observation of second- level domain name registrations under the “.it” ccTLD. In particular, we analyzed domain names registered by organizations in the non-profit sector. The penetration rate, calculated according to the number of organizations , was computed for various widely separated geographic levels (regions). A concentration analysis was performed in order to determine whether the geographical distribution of Internet use in Italy is less concentrated with respect to both the number of existing institutions and income distribution, suggesting a diffusive effect. Regression analysis was performed using demographic, social, economic and infrastructure indicators. Results show that a “social digital divide” exists, both in terms of geographical distribution (i.e., in macro-areas – Northern, Central, and Southern Italy - and at the regional level) and in terms of the legal status of the organizations, and that this digital divide will probably decrease in the future.


the International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 05), Wrexham, UK, 2005

Authors: M. Martinelli, I. Serrecchia, M. Serrecchia
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Type: Article in proceedings of international peer-reviewed conference
Field of reference: Information Technology and Communication Systems

File: ITA 2005 articolo 1.pdf

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