Volume 3, Issue 7, July 2013

A Bi-National Perspective of Digital Inclusion in Brazil and in the United States [Download Paper]

A. M. Oliveira and T. Menezes

Abstract— Digital inclusion is an emerging cooperative strategy between private and public sectors to provide a path to digital empowerment by establishing infrastructure, providing training, and building a sustainable support structure. It can also be defined as the opportunity to access the Internet, and to educational and professional opportunities tied to this access. Previous evidence on the subject indicates that Digital inclusion can cause significant social and economical impacts to any society. This article aims to describe and made a comparative analysis of these impacts with a bi-national perspective. Brazil and the U.S, have complementary challenges and assets related to digital inclusion. The unique complementary challenges and opportunities in the U.S. and Brazil make the investigation in this paper an ideal opportunity to foster cross-cultural learning and improvements to develop a workforce to address needs in both countries. We also compare technical and social-economical impact of digital inclusion in Brazil and in the U.S, and present some of the major achievements and challenges of implementing a public policy of digital inclusion in both countries. The results presented here indicate that the digital divide is still a great challenge faced by both countries, reinforced by the contrasting evidence of large growth in Internet access and in diversified uses of ICTs as well as the continuity of large inequalities.