Social Media for Digital and Social Inclusion: Challenges for Information Society 2.0 Research & Policies

  • Pieter Verdegem Ghent University - IBBT
Keywords: Information society policies, digital inequalities, social media and Web 2.0, digital and social inclusion


In this paper we reflect on how research and policies can and/or should help in the development of a sustainable participatory information society for all. More specifically, we aim to investigate critically how social media can entail both potential and pitfalls, especially with regard to the difficult relationship between digital and social inclusion. First of all, traditional information society policies are scrutinized. Furthermore, we point at the existence of digital inequalities and we reflect briefly on policy intervention on e-inclusion. In addition, we also evaluate the raise of social media. Finally, attention is given to the challenge of how research can contribute to the participation of all in the information society.

Author Biography

Pieter Verdegem, Ghent University - IBBT
Pieter Verdegem, Ph.D. is a senior researcher at the Research Group for Media & ICT (IBBT-MICT), Ghent University (UGent). He is also affiliated to the Interdisciplinary Institute for Broadband Technology (IBBT). His research focuses on ICT acceptance, information society, ICT policy, e-government and e-inclusion. He holds a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and E-communications Studies. In 2009, Pieter obtained a Ph.D. focusing on government strategies in the information society, particularly e-government and e-inclusion.