Mitigating Ethno-Cultural Differences Ethical Guidelines for ICT Development in an Indigenous Community

Tariq, Zaman and Hasnain, Falak (2017) Mitigating Ethno-Cultural Differences Ethical Guidelines for ICT Development in an Indigenous Community. In: Design Solutions for User-Centric Information Systems. IGI Global. ISBN 9781522519447

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Community engagement is necessary for the success and sustainability of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) projects. To ensure active participation of community, researchers need to understand and adhere to the local cultural norms and adapt in the lifestyle of people. These cultural norms are mainly unwritten and implicit in nature. Hence the researchers spend maximum time of their field visits in observing and developing understanding of the community's life. In our long-term partnership with the indigenous Penan community of Long Lamai in Malaysian Borneo, we co-developed written guidelines for researchers and visitors. The researchers demonstrated their interest in aligning research process to the community's cultural values, however norm internalisation and development of associated behaviour is still a challenging. The written guidelines are yet only one of the attempts to the practices of community researchers' engagement and we are refining our methodology to enhance the researchers' learning process.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community engagement, Computers, Information Technology, ICT4D Project, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations
Depositing User: Jumat
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 14:33

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