One concern, even among many proponents of government 2.0, is the possibility that moving to online and mobile platforms will create a “digital divide” between those who have access to internet and mobile technology and those who do not. Typically, commentators assume that this will tend to disenfranchise low-income and minority groups. But an interesting survey by Pew Research suggests that gov 2.0 may actually help engage one minority group: Hispanics.
A survey last year by Pew Research found that more than 87 percent of English-speaking U.S. Hispanics owned a cell phone, as opposed to 80 percent of non-Hispanic whites, and 53 percent of them used mobile devices to access the Internet, compared to 33 percent of non-Hispanics. And, compared to the general U.S. population, Hispanics reportedly use their mobile phones more often and take advantage or more features on the devices.
…The growing mobile networks centered on civic engagement comprise of “feature phones,” a less expensive smartphone which still has text messaging, e-mail, mobile web and social media features, as well as smartphones.
In the past, this growing mobile community was called upon by organizations like HI to support immigration rallies in states across the nation and is credited with increasing attendance and enthusiasm.
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