Re-examining the Urban Digital Divide in Tel Aviv – Jaffa

(ended in 2009)

Nicholas Black

This research focuses on the Israeli national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy and its effect on the city. The goal of the research is to analyse the causes, on a national, municipal and community scale, leading to inter-community Digital Divide. In pursuit of this goal the research examined both the structural relations between the various levels of government in the ICT sphere and their link to community technology use. This is done by employing both quantitative and qualitative research. Results showed that the municipal policy in Tel Aviv – Jaffa set the stage for daily technology practices of the city’s residents. Practices that due to an inactive national and local government in the ICT arena perpetuate inter community digital divides.