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ICT Policies on Structural and Socio-Cultural Participation in Brussels

ICT Policies on Structural and Socio-Cultural Participation in Brussels
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Author(s): Stefan Mertens (Catholic University of Brussels, Belgium) and Jan Servaes (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 18
Source title: Handbook of Research on Information Communication Technology Policy: Trends, Issues and Advancements
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Esharenana E. Adomi (Delta State University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-847-0.ch019

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Abstract

In this chapter the authors present an overview and an evaluation of ICT policy in Brussels based on an analysis of policy documents and interviews with 12 policy experts. They discuss two types of policies enhancing structural participation (digital education policy for youngsters and digital adult education policy) and two types of policies enhancing socio-cultural participation (wireless networks in Brussels and E-government of Brussels) To contextualize this presentation of policies some results from a survey among youngsters (N=1005) and from exploratory focus groups will be used as well. These policies are evaluated as policies with a well-intended access approach, but the necessity to focus more on digital education and not only on digital access is stressed.

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