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Title: Digital skills gaps: A pending subject for gender digital inclusion in the European Union
Author: Martínez Cantos, José Luis  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Keywords: digital skills
gender gaps
European Union
digital agenda
digital natives
Issue Date: Oct-2017
Publisher: European Journal of Communication
Citation: Martínez-Cantos, J.L. (2017). Digital skills gaps: A pending subject for gender digital inclusion in the European Union. European Journal of Communication, 32(5), 419-438. doi: 10.1177/0267323117718464
Also see: https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323117718464
Abstract: This article thoroughly analyses the Eurostat database on Digital Economy and Society to explore the evolution of the digital skills gaps by gender in the European Union between years 2007 and 2014. It finds that differences between women and men are slight in the most basic and widespread skills, but they are very significant in the more complex and less generalized tasks. The disparities in this regard have generally decreased but very few points, so they are rather stable over the period. Additionally, those gender gaps are even more marked in the high-educated groups and also relevant among younger cohorts. Contrary to the statements made by the European Commission in its reports, these findings indicate that digital skills gaps by gender are still significant and likely to persist at many levels of society, while 'ICT specialist' profiles are becoming more important for future employment opportunities.
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/78005
ISSN: 0267-3231MIAR
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