My candidacy for the role of Vice Chair of the IAMCR Digital Divides Working Group

did-logo-optimalThe IAMCR Digital Divide Working Group will run partial elections for a co-vice chair position during its business meeting during the IAMCR2018 in Oregon.

The current chair Olga Smirnova and co-vice chair Anna Gladkova will stay in their positions having been elected in 2016 at the Leicester conference.

I have been serving as co-vice chair on an interim basis since IAMCR2017 conference and I am now seeking to formalise that position.

With this statement, I put forward my candidacy for the role of Vice Chair of the IAMCR Digital Divides Working Group.

I have been acting as vice-chair of the Digital Divide working group from September 2017 and I wish to continue for the next 2 years. I enjoy contributing to reviewing of papers and organizing the conferences and find it very important to continue working to promote global inclusiveness and excellence.

My aim is to stimulate the growing field of Digital Divide and Digital inequalities field. I have strongly contributed to this field in the last 5 years. Specifically, on this topic, I have published three books (with Routledge) and two more are forthcoming this year (one with Lexinghton Book and one with Amsterdam University Press) and several articles and chapters, in English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. I have also guest edited a special issue on Digital Divide for the International Journal of Communication. Additionally, on the topic of digital divide, I have organized a special track with 17 contributions (MECCSA 2015) and co-organized a preconference in Cartagena (IAMCR 2017). I wish to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences, and where possible to facilitate collaboration both among members of the Digital Divide Working Group, and external scholars from and as many different countries as possible.

I would appreciate the chance to continue to work with Olga and Anna, and to help progress the work of the Digital Divide Working Group. I am keen to continue to assist the working group in its mission to facilitate and promote better communication between researchers from different countries and continents; support innovative research in the field; and support young researchers.

Selected publications


Ragnedda, Massimo and Bruce Mutsvairo (eds), Digital Inclusion: An International Comparative Analysis, Lexington Books, 2018.  (forthcoming)

Mutsvairo Bruce and Ragnedda, Massimo (eds), Mapping Key Perspectives on Digital Divide in Africa. Amsterdam University Press (AUP), 2018. (forthcoming)

Ragnedda, Massimo, Muschert Glenn (eds), Theorizing Digital Divide, London: Routledge, 2017.

Ragnedda, Massimo (2017), The Third Digital Divide. A Weberian approach to digital inequalities, London: Routledge.

Ragnedda, Massimo, Muschert Glenn (eds), The Digital Divide: The Internet and Social Inequality in International Perspective, London/New York: Routledge, 2013.


Massimo Ragnedda (2018), “Reconceptualising the Digital divide”. In Mutsvairo Bruce and Ragnedda, Massimo (eds), Mapping Key Perspectives on Digital Divide in Africa. Amsterdam University Press (AUP), 2018. (forthcoming).

Massimo Ragnedda (2018), “Tackling Digital Exclusion: Counter Social Inequalities Through Digital Inclusion”. Agenda for Social Justice: Global solution, University of Bristol: Polity Press. (forthcoming)

Massimo Ragnedda (2018), “Il digital divide. Le disuguaglianze digitali e i suoi vari livelli d’analisi.” Quaderni di Teoria Sociale, n.1, 2018, pp. 81-106.

Mutsvairo Bruce and Ragnedda, Massimo (2017), “Emerging Political Narratives on Malawian Digital Spaces”, Communicatio. South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research, Routledge, 43(2): 147-167.

Maria Laura Ruiu and Massimo Ragnedda (2017), “The Quadruple Helix Model of Libraries: The Role of Public Libraries in Newcastle upon Tyne”, Public Library Quarterly.

Massimo Ragnedda and Maria Laura Ruiu (2017), “Exclusão digital: como é estar do lado errado da divisão digital”, Revista Online de Comunicação, Linguagem e Mídias, 10(20): 90-113


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