Digital Equity through a Social Justice Lens: A Theoretical Framework
Wednesday, March 8 10:45 AM-11:15 AM
Advancements in technology over the last two decades have had a profound impact in the educational and work domains as well as on socio-cultural aspects of our lives, creating a powerful influence on how we live, work, and interact with one another. But there are still groups where the penetration of technology is low: adults with little exposure to technology during their traditional learning years, users from lower SES, lower education levels, resulting in a digital divide between the digital haves and have-nots. This paper examines the social justice underpinnings of the digital divide and highlights the need for a more holistic approach to address underlying structural inequalities that exacerbate digital inequalities by drawing on Rawls’ fairness principle, Sen’s capability approach, Freire’s critical consciousness, and Horton’s cultural education and by providing a more robust theoretical framework to address the issue of the digital divide among marginalized groups.