Integrated approach of development communication

Qin Guo

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Abstract—Internet application in China has maintained a constant development tendency in the past decade. China is now one of the most populous countries in terms of internet user population. While offering enormous opportunities, the dramatic digitalization also brings about a series of challenges that demand urgent attention. Digital divide is one of the challenges that affect China as well as other countries in the world. This paper examines digital divide in the Chinese context from the perspective of development communication. Through a case study of a rural township under the backdrop of the rapid internet development in China, the paper discusses the economic, psychological and cultural roots of digital divide; and explores development communication strategies addressing the roots of digital divide. It is argued that development communication must be responsive to the potentialities and preferences of the specific society and serve the purposes of participation and sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-583
Number of pages8
JournalWorld academy of science, engineering and technology
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Development Communication
  • Digital Divide
  • communication media


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