Community Informatics: Challenges in Bridging the Digital Divide

Peter, Songan and Khairuddin, Ab Hamid and Wee, Alvin Yeo and Jayapragas, Gnaniah and Hushairi, Zen (2008) Community Informatics: Challenges in Bridging the Digital Divide. In: Global Information Technologies: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

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This paper describes how community informatics can help to overcome the digital divide between rural and urban communities in developing countries of Asia. The e-Bario project, a research initiative undertaken by a group of researchers from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) provides a context to demonstrate how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can provide opportunities for remote and rural communities to develop socially, culturally, and economically. The results of the initiative show the many ways in which ICTs can be used to improve the lives of the marginalized groups. However, other than the opportunities that the initiative provides, there are also many challenges that are encountered along the way. These challenges, based on the e-Bario experience are the major focus of this paper.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Information, Communication and Creative Technology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community informatics, Challenges, Digital divide, e-Bario, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 03:32
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2022 02:36

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