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Public Access ICT Across Cultures
Author: Francisco J. Proenza

ISBN: 9780262527378
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 14 April 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 2.0
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Shared public access to computers and the Internet in developing countries is often hailed as an effective, low-cost way to share the benefits of digital technology. Yet research on the economic and social effects of public access to computers is lacking. This volume offers the first systematic assessment of the impact of shared public access in the developing world, with findings from ten countries in South America, Asia, and Africa. It provides evidence that the benefits of diversified participation in digital society go beyond providing access to technology. Public access venues -- most often Internet cafes in cities and state-run telecenters in rural areas -- are places for learning, sharing, working, empowerment and finding opportunities.

The book documents the impact of public access on individuals, on society and networks, and on women. Chapters report findings and examine policy implications of research on such topics as users' perceptions of the benefits of Internet cafe use in Jordan; ICT job training in Rwanda; understanding user motivations and risk factors for overuse and Internet addiction in China; the effect of t...

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