Maurizio Martinelli, Irma Serrecchia, Michela Serrecchia


The digital divide can occur either as a “local” (within a given country) or “global” (between developing and industrialized countries) phenomenon. Our study intends to offer an important contribution by analyzing the digital divide in Italy and the factors contributing to this situation at the territorial level (i.e., macroareas: North, Center, South and at the provincial level) To do this, we used the registration of Internet domains under the “.it” ccTLD as proxy. In particular, we analyzed domain names registered by firms. The analysis produced interesting results: the distribution of domains registered by firms in Italian provinces is more concentrated than the distribution according to income and number of firms, suggesting a diffusive effect. Furthermore, when analyzing the factors that contribute to the presence of a digital divide at the regional level, regression analysis was performed using demographic, social, economic and infrastructure indicators. Results show that Italian regions that have good productive efficiency measured by added value per employee and a high educational level measured by number of firms specialized in the ICT service sale (provider/maintainer) and by number of employees devoted to research and development are the best candidates for utilization of the Internet.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Martinelli M., Serrecchia I. and Serrecchia M. (2006). E-PROCUREMENT ADOPTION AMONG ITALIAN FIRMS BY USING DOMAIN NAMES . In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 4: ICEIS, ISBN 978-972-8865-44-3, pages 124-131. DOI: 10.5220/0002494501240131

in Bibtex Style

author={Maurizio Martinelli and Irma Serrecchia and Michela Serrecchia},
booktitle={Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 4: ICEIS,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems - Volume 4: ICEIS,
SN - 978-972-8865-44-3
AU - Martinelli M.
AU - Serrecchia I.
AU - Serrecchia M.
PY - 2006
SP - 124
EP - 131
DO - 10.5220/0002494501240131