IGU Urban Commission, Tel Aviv, 2010
Rubén Lois Camilo González , José Carlos Macía Arce, Francisco José Armas Quintá
Universidade Santiago de Compostela, Spain
ICT Inequalities in the Spanish Urban System
In the current Information Society cities enjoy a privileged position when it comes to transport and communication infrastructures. The post-industrial society has brought with it a notable change, changing from an economy based on the production of merchandise to another based on the production of services. Big cities fulfil new roles in the global economy of the Information society, operating as command points in the world economy. They bring together highly-qualified workers, they are big information and knowledge consumers. They have been able to reinvent themselves, changing from industrial to cultural cities. They are, as well, ideal areas for big telecommunication companies and they are, for this reason, those who most benefit from information and communication technology. An important social area difference has then been introduced, with respect to other urban areas of lesser importance, or rather, with respect to rural areas that stay on the margin of the new technology revolution. In this context, it is right to ask what is happening in Spain. Why are ICT inequalities happening in Spain? Are there urban system differences before the arrival of the Information Society? Can it be said that Spanish urban areas are consolidated in the Information Society? In this article we try to outline the reality of the immersion the Information Society in the Spanish urban system, and explain the concept of ‘Digital Divide’, amongst those sectors of the population that make the most of all or a great part of the potential new technology offers and those that limit themselves to using the most basic functions, such as looking up information and using communication.