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Digital Inequalities.
Divides, Hierarchies, and Boundaries in Germany, 1970s to 1990s.

The advent of digital technologies in the 20th century has fundamentally changed the way we live and work.

From a 21st century perspective, these changes are referred to as the rise of a new "digital society". According to its founding myths, this society is based on an emancipatory use of technology, universal access and new forms of interactivity. However, contrary to all the utopian dreams associated with the 'computer revolution', the digital society has quickly developed its own hierarchies, erected new digital walls and created new digital divides.

This project takes up the German case in its transnational contexts in order to ask how and why such divisions, hierarchies and borders have arisen.


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