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Getting Connected: Can Social Capital be Virtual?


Alessandrini, MJ, Getting Connected: Can Social Capital be Virtual?, Webology, 3, (4) EJ ISSN 1735-188X (2006) [Refereed Article]


This article reports on an analysis of data from a study conducted in Australia on the impact of Internet access on social capital. The debate regarding the difinition of social capital is explored, and basic indicators of social capital resolved. The apparent emergence of the phenomenon of virtual social capital is also discussed. Australians overall have widely adopted the Internet as a source of information and communication. Data collected in a mass survey conducted in 2004 is analysed and considered. Factors associated with Internet access are: access to the Internet in the home and employment status. There are also strong links between the levels of education completed and use of the Internet. On the basis of the evidence, Australians with Internet access are more likely to engage in activities generally regarded as indicators of individual expressions of social capital. Copyright © 2006, Megan Alessandrini.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Alessandrini, MJ (Dr Megan Alessandrini)
ID Code:43621
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-05-08

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