Melvin Defleur Distinguished Lecture Series with Ron Rice

4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Colloquium in the Photonics Building 9th Flr. 6-8 St. Mary Street
Presentation: Crossing the Divides of Digital Divide Research This presentation reviews the progression in the components of the digital divide. The concept of and research on the “digital divide” has broadened over time, as different forms of digital inequality are identified, as different communication technologies diffuse, and different sources of data become available. The presentation also summarizes results using nationally representative survey data from the U.S. from around 2000, and from Caucasus countries in recent years, emphasizing influences on and relations among awareness, adoption, devices, use, and activities of the Internet and social media. Bio statement: Ronald E. Rice (Ph.D., Stanford University, 1982) is the Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication, Department Chair, and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Montreal, and elected President and Fellow of the ICA. His co-authored or (co)edited books include Organizations and unusual routines; Media ownership; The Internet and health care; Social consequences of Internet use; The Internet and health communication; Accessing and browsing information and communication; Public communication campaigns (4 editions); Research methods and the new media; Managing organizational innovation; and The new media. He has also published over 100 refereed journal articles and 60 book chapters. See