Tag Archives: Technology

Readings on the Digital Divide

16 Apr

America’s digital divide closing with rise in smartphone use

Digital divide – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 Why one in five US adults don’t use the Internet

Intel Seeks to Bridge the Digital Divide with a Rugged Tablet PC

The new digital divide

Europe Takes Digital Lead; Divide Persists

‎ African Americans are more apt to blog than whites and Latinos

America’s Digital Divide: 37% of Low-Income Households Do Not Have 

Readings: Privacy Issues

25 Mar

Senators ask feds to probe requests for social media passwords

US senator: Employers shouldn’t ask job applicants for Facebook 

Why ID Thieves Love Social Media

Facebook Tips to Make Password Privacy Issue a Non-issue

Stop Insurance Spies: Lockdown Your Privacy Settings

Facebook fixes profile stalking loophole

Diffusion of innovations theory

26 Aug

Diffusion of Innovations is a theory of how, why, and at what rate new ideasand technology spread through cultures. The concept was first studied by the French sociologist Gabriel Tarde (1890) and by German and Austrian anthropologistssuch as Friedrich Ratzel and Leo Frobenius.[1] Its basic epidemiological or internal-influence form was formulated by H. Earl Pemberton[2], who provided examples of institutional diffusion such as postage stamps and compulsory school laws.

The publication of a study of Ryan and Gross on the diffusion of hybrid corn in Iowa[3]was the first sustainably visible contribution in a broader interest in innovations which was especially popularized by the textbook by Everett Rogers (1962), Diffusion of Innovations (Rogers 1962). He defines diffusion as “the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system.” [1]

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