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Internet Diffusion in Italy among individuals using domain names

The digital divide can occur either as a “local” ( within a given country) or “global” (between developing and industrialized countries) phenomenon. Our study intends to offer an important contribution by analyzing the digital divide in Italy and the factors contributing to this situation at the territorial level (i.e., macroareas: North, Center, South and at the provincial level) as well as by analyzing the characteristics of individuals (in Italy, men and young people are more apt to utilize the new technology than are women and the elderly). To do this, we used the registration of Internet domains under the “.it” ccTLD as proxy. In particular, we analyzed domain names registered by individuals. The analysis produced interesting results: the distribution of domains registered by individuals in Italian provinces is more concentrated than the distribution according to income and population, suggesting a diffusive effect. Furthermore, when analyzing the factors that contribute to the presence of a digital divide at the provincial level, regression analysis was performed using demographic, social, economic and infrastructure indicators. Results show that Italian provinces that have good productive efficiency, a high cultural level, and greater spending for investment in telephony and telematics are the best candidates for utilization of the Internet.


the 1st International Conference “Knowledge and Regional Economic Development”, Barcelona, Spain, 2005

Autori: M. Martinelli, M.Serrecchia, I. Serrecchia,
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Tipo: Articolo in Atti di convegno internazionale con referee
Area di disciplina: Information Technology and Communication Systems

File: Barcellona 2005-122.pdf
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Attività: Unità Operazioni e Servizi ai Registrar