n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Public access to information and communication technologies in indigenous communities : a comparative study

Volume 2013, Issue 46
  • ISSN : 1025-8892



This paper presents findings from a study which examined the ethical challenges encountered by community telecentres that offer public access to computers and other information and communication technologies in indigenous communities. The paper presents an in-depth analysis of these venues that serve disadvantaged communities in an attempt to, bridge "digital divides," and further social and economic development objectives. With examples and experiences from three case studies in sub-Saharan Africa, this paper sheds light on an understudied facet of the telecentre enterprise on the continent at a time when effective digital inclusion strategies are needed more than ever.

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