The digital divide and ICT learning in rural communities: examples of good practice service delivery

Robert Huggins, Hiro Izushi

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Abstract

This article aims to gain a greater understanding of relevant and successful methods of stimulating an ICT culture and skills development in rural areas. The paper distils good practice activities, utilizing criteria derived from a review of the rural dimensions of ICT learning, from a range of relevant initiatives and programmes. These good practice activities cover: community resource centres providing opportunities for ‘tasting’ ICTs; video games and Internet Cafe´s as tools removing ‘entry barriers’; emphasis on ‘user management’ as a means of creating ownership; service delivery beyond fixed locations; use of ICT capacities in the delivery of general services; and selected use of financial support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-122
Number of pages12
JournalLocal Economy
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2002

Bibliographical note

This is an electronic version of an article published in Huggins, Robert and Izushi, Hiro (2002). The digital divide and ICT learning in rural communities: examples of good practice service delivery. Local Economy, 17 (3), pp. 111-122. Local Economy is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02690940210129870

Keywords

  • ICT
  • skills development
  • rural areas
  • good practice
  • ICT learning

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