The Digital Outcasts - Advanced Margins in Digital Societies

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This work-in-progress paper reports on preliminary findings from 15 interviews with so called “non-digital” Danish citizens to address and problematize this classification as a social category. In linking classification theory (the categories used in the digital post system) to a notion of advanced digital marginalization (to portray the path dependency of those who struggle to maintain links to societal membership) the paper expose the complexity of the “non-digital” and discusses how the assembling and connection of certain people, as a starting point for governmental strategies, might distort and prevent insights into how individuals and social groups are (re)-produced into new socio-technical configurations. The paper presents preliminary findings that suggest that “non-digitals” are in fact digital users but not in a way that allows them to be categorised as such. Finally the paper outline how further work will use the concept of advanced digital marginalization, to elaborate on these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference e-Society 2015
EditorsPiet Kommers, Pedro Isaias
PublisherInternational Association for Development, IADIS
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-989-8533-32-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event13th International Conference on e-Society 2015 - Pestana Casino Park Hotel, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 14 Mar 201516 Mar 2015
Conference number: 13


Conference13th International Conference on e-Society 2015
LocationPestana Casino Park Hotel
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