Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Cyberspace: Connected or segregated? examining virtual segregation among Hong Kong Internet users

Language

English

Abstract

In this paper we discuss how cyberspace has been interwoven in the geographies of social stratification and segregation nowadays. It conceptualizes 'virtual segregation' as an extension of the 'digital divide' and sociospatial segregation in urban spaces. A case study was conducted in Hong Kong in 2010, when 770 Internet users were surveyed. A comparison of their patterns of Internet use shows that these individuals, all of whom possess devices and Internet access, have varied levels of connectivity in cyberspace. A typology of Internet users was then derived from the perspective of virtual segregation. The findings suggest that people may be stratified and segregated in cyberspace in similar ways to the physical world, and that segregation studies should pay more attention to virtual segregation. © 2014 Pion and its Licensors.

Keywords

Connectivity, Digital divide, Hong Kong, Internet users, Virtual segregation

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

Volume

41

Issue

2

Start Page

323

End Page

340

Publisher

Pion

DOI

10.1068/b39010

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1068/b39010

ISSN (print)

02658135

ISSN (electronic)

14723417

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