Universal Access in the Information Society

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 315–330

Social capital and access

Long paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10209-002-0040-8

Cite this article as:
Warschauer, M. UAIS (2003) 2: 315. doi:10.1007/s10209-002-0040-8


Physical access to computers does not guarantee access to the information society. To help ensure that the first type of access translates into the second, it is necessary to pay attention to how computer and Internet use can enhance social capital. Drawing on examples from technology projects in India and other countries, this paper examines the concept of social capital and its relationship to information and communication technology, focusing on the role of both micro-level and macro-level social capital.


AccessSocial capitalCommunity informaticsCommunity developmentSocial development

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Education and Dept. of Information & Computer ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA