Istituto di Informatica e Telematica     
Serrecchia M., Martinelli M., Serrecchia I., Del Soldato A. Analysis of the Internet diffusion in the no.profit sector: the social digital divide in Italy. In: Eight International S&T Indicators Conference (Leiden, Holland, - 2004). Abstract, pp. 184 - 184. Springer, 2004.
This paper analyzes Internet diffusion among organizations, based on daily observation of the registration of second level domain names under the ".it" ccTLD. In particular, we analyzed domains registered in the non- profit sector. The penetration rate in the relevant population of potential users is computed at highly separated geographical levels (regions). A concentration analysis was carried out in order to determine whether the geographical distribution of Internet use is less concentrated than population and income distribution, suggesting a diffusive effect. Regression analysis was performed using demographic, social, economic and infrastructure indicators. Finally, we briefly describe further developments in our research. At present we have built a database containing domains registered by foundations, associations, committees and other organizations. The idea was to verify whether a "social digital divide" exists both in terms of geographical distribution (i.e., in macro-areas - Northern, Central, and Southern Italy - and at the regional level) and in terms of legal status of the organizations.
Subject Internet diffusion, digital divide, domain names.

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