Identification and analysis of the effective factors of digital divide on sustainable development of Tabriz 2018

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Professor of Geography and Urban Planning, University of Tabriz

2 PhD student in University of Tabriz


It is increasingly recognized that the information revolution has far-reaching economic and societal impacts. At all levels, governments are relentlessly searching for strategies to respond to the new realities. In the last few years an increasingly popular strategy has been to speed up the adoption of ICTs (information and communication technologies) by citizens and companies the view being that higher levels of ICT adoption can contribute substantially to sustainable social and economic development.
The most important development issues of our age are subject suc as: information and digital revolution, communications technology, virtualization, privatization and network economy. In this case, ICT has much impact as a phenomenon encompassing the whole range of human activities ranging from personal applications to economical, political and ultimately development activities. City of Tabriz, due to the being seleting as Islamic capital of tourism on 2018, is needed to be evaluated in terms of ICT problems. Accordingly, the objective of the study is to assess the effectiveness of digital divide indicators on urban sustainbale development. The employed method, is descriptive-analytic and casual. The approach is survey. The current paper is intended to evaluate each factor of digital divide which acting as an obstacle in development process and identify the effective factors systematically. In this case, Variables of both digital divide and urban sustainbale development were analyzed by using experts’ opinions in Micmac software. According to obtained results, the local facilities variable has the most impact among the system variables. In addition, information skills and management intervention were identified as subsequent effective factors.