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Digital Inequalities in the Global South

  • Massimo Ragnedda
  • Anna Gladkova


  • Discusses connections between digital and social inequalities in the countries of the Global South

  • Examines how the Global South is overcoming different types of digital divides, using illustrative case studies from the region

  • Argues that state and public policies aimed at overcoming digital inequalities in the Global South help to bridge the digital divide


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Massimo Ragnedda, Anna Gladkova
    Pages 1-16
  3. Massimo Ragnedda, Anna Gladkova
    Pages 17-30
  4. Digital Inequalities in South Asia

  5. Digital Inequalities in Central and Western Asia

  6. Digital Inequalities in Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Danica Radovanović, Georges Vivien Houngbonon, Erwan Le Quentrec, Ghislain Maurice Norbert Isabwe, Josef Noll
      Pages 199-222
  7. Digital Inequalities in South America

About this book


This book discusses how digital inequalities today may lead to other types of inequalities in the Global South. Contributions to this collection move past discussing an access problem – a binary division between ‘haves and have-nots’ – to analyse complex inequalities in the internet use, benefits, and opportunities of people in the Global South region. Using specific case studies, this book underlines how communities in the Global South are now attempting to participate in the information age despite high costs, a lack of infrastructure, and more barriers to entry. Contributions discuss the recent changes in the Global South. These changes include greater technological availability, the spread of digital literacy programs and computer courses, and the overall growth in engagement of people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and languages in digital environments. This book outlines and evaluates the role of state and public institutions in facilitating these changes and consequently bridging the digital divide.


digital divide digital inequalities global south digital revolution ICTs digital equality

Editors and affiliations

  • Massimo Ragnedda
    • 1
  • Anna Gladkova
    • 2
  1. 1.Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Faculty of JournalismLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

About the editors

Massimo Ragnedda is Senior Lecturer in Mass Communication at Northumbria University, UK, where he conducts research on the digital divide and social media. He is the co-vice chair of the Digital Divide Working Group (IAMCR).

Anna Gladkova is Leading Researcher and Director of International Affairs Office at the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. She is co-vice chair of the Digital Divide Working Group (IAMCR).   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Digital Inequalities in the Global South
  • Editors Massimo Ragnedda
    Anna Gladkova
  • Series Title Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research - A Palgrave and IAMCR Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-32705-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-32708-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-32706-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 372
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Digital/New Media
    Culture and Technology
    Social Media
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“This collection of essays by Anna Gladkova and Massimo Ragnedda is a strong contribution to our understanding about the social and cultural implications of the globalisation of digital economy. The editors have managed to present an impressive array of articles that cover different aspects of digital inequalities in the Global South. The book offers much unique information on and analytical insights into countries that are rarely, if ever, discussed in the connection to digital economy, such as Nepal, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Malawi, Jamaica, and others. The book is highly recommended to anybody interested in the overall social and cultural dimensions and consequences of digital economy. It is also an excellent introduction to studies of any kind of the Global South, as it offers a first-hand overview of the digital upheaval of these parts of the world.” (Hannu Nieminen, University of Helsinki, Finland)

“This book fills not just one but several empty spaces: usually media scholars look just at Western, rich world; this text is focused on Global South. Usually Digital Divide is referred to differences between North and South; this text looks into the often neglected problems within Southern countries. A must for those who wants to have an original view on the consequences of the digital revolution.” (Paolo Mancini, University of Perugia, Italy)

“Driven by a deep concern about digital injustice, and its destructive articulation with other forms of social and political injustice, Digital Inequalities in the Global South is a global and still detailed intersectional analysis of absence, whether it concerns ICTs, skills, power, sustainability, well-being, benevolence, or democracy. The book is an appreciated disruption of the digital fantasy of technologically-generated social well-being, but simultaneously defends ICTs as conditions of possibility for the exercise of information and communication rights.” (Nico Carpentier, Charles University, Czechia, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, and Uppsala University, Sweden)