THE EFFECTS OF COUNTRIES? NETWORKED READINESS LEVELS ON INCOME INEQUITY, CORRUPTION, GENDER INEQUALITY AND WORKER RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Abstract

Author(s): Ufuk TREN

Digital divide is a concept which is used to define the state that societies cannot utilize Information and Communication Technologies equally. As the antithesis of digital divide, the state of the Networked Readiness is a concept assessed by the World Economic Forum in the Global Information Technologies Report- 2015 through comprehensively bearing in mind the issues such as Information and Communication Technology artefacts and related national capacities gained. In this research, the effects of the national networked readiness level on worker rights violations, gender inequality, corruption, income inequality levels. It is found that the national networked readiness level reduces significantly the levels of these four adverse variables which are considered harmful for the development of countries. Especially, the negative significant association between the level of national networked readiness level and worker rights violations level is new and original finding which is considered as a valuable contribution to literature.

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