This (BISER WP 6) report examines various aspects of eInclusion and cohesion in the sample of the 28 EU regions. Given the enormously wide scope of the inclusion topic, it focuses on the issues around digital divides, mainly on aspects regarding individual participation in the information society, at the level of a region. Thus as a starting point, the issues pertinent to basic access and use of the Internet, the most ubiquitous information society communication tool, are explored, together with the use of computers, since these can be regarded as preconditions for e-inclusion. In addition to this, and going a step further, the issues around utilisation of the information society products and services to support what could be termed as various aspects of e-inclusion and subsequently, e-participation have also been explored. In particular, the issues around e-participation at individual and regional level have been considered, starting from the premise that the lack of e-inclusion can exacerbate the existingdivides, and whereas on the other hand enhanced e-participation should result in more (e) cohesion. True, while the above represents only certain aspects of the digital divide, or the digital divide being defined in perhaps a more narrow sense, its relevance is still critical, not least on a regional level.
While primarily relying upon the empirical evidence, due regard has been given to the relevant theoretical issues pertinent to the information society. In addition, the main focus was on the regional level whereas relevant comparisons were made with a national / supranational situation.
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