Digital Divide and Rural Communities: Practical Solutions and Policies

Digital Divide and Rural Communities: Practical Solutions and Policies

John Garofalakis (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Greece) and Andreas Koskeris (Research Academic Computer Technology Institute, Greece)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1852-7.ch036
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During the last years, due to the wide spread of World Wide Web (WWW), the Internet has become one of the most valuable and effective communications media and the most inclusive source of information. However, in many cases the difficulties of establishing universal effective access could serve to reinforce current patterns of social exclusion and produce barriers to balanced development instead of supporting it. World widely there is a rising concern over the so-called “digital divide”–a term that refers to the gap existing in the opportunities to access advanced information and communication technologies between geographic areas or by individuals at different socioeconomic levels. The experience shows that specialized initiatives are needed for disadvantaged areas in order to anticipate expansion of current digital divide. This chapter is focusing on the specific instance of digital divide occurring in rural territories, and examines the ways to foster digital culture among citizens, utilizing a specific initiative (the so called “Telecentres”).
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During the last years the wide spread of WWW has led to a new form of illiteracy, a “digital” one. Only those who can afford the PC and fast Internet connection are able to take advantage of it. By most counts, the number of PC and Internet users is very small compared to the numbers that would use it if they could. As more individuals are connected online, those who are not connected are increasingly in danger for becoming more marginalized within society. World widely there is a rising concern over this “digital divide” (Brachos, Kostopoulos, Soderquist, 2003; Reddy, 2005; Schloman, 2004; OECD, 2001).

The fact nowadays is that “The network society is creating parallel communications systems: one for those with income, education and literacy connections, giving plentiful information at low cost and high speed; the other are those without connections, blocked by high barriers of time, cost and uncertainty and dependent upon outdated information” (Globalization with a Human Face, p 63, 1999).

The key factors leading to the digital divide are:

  • Missing infrastructure or access

  • Missing incentives to use ICTs

  • Lack of the computer literacy or skills necessary to take part in the information society

  • Poverty and social exclusion

Most countries that have been concerned about this problem have instituted policies aimed at reducing aspects of it. In reality there are several possible concrete cases of the digital divide gap occurrence (Bridging the “Digital Divide», 2001). One important subset of the digital divide issue concerns high-speed Internet access, also known as “broadband”. Broadband refers to data transmission where multiple pieces of data are sent simultaneously to increase the effective rate of transmission, regardless of actual data rate. The “broadband divide” may be defined by those with rich, interactive audio and video services in the home and those with low-bandwidth, text-driven services. This divide will become increasingly important as the availability of advanced telecommunications become essential to the development of business, industry, shopping and trade, as well as distance learning, telemedicine, and telecommuting. The international digital divide also exists between different countries, with the ability of individuals to take advantage of the Internet varying significantly across the OECD area (OECD, 2008) and between OECD and other countries. There are concerns that unless access to the use of Information and Communication Technology is broadened, the majority of people, particularly in the developing countries, will not enjoy the benefits of the new knowledge-based economy.

The Urban/rural divide refers to those set of people without an enhanced data capability which will lead them to be unable accessing the expected benefits particularly in relation to health and education. This concern is seen to be greatest in relation to those living and working in rural and remote areas since the lower rates for data access for these consumers place them at a disadvantage in comparison to metropolitan consumers. For these citizens the problems of missing infrastructures, incentives and computer literacy (the factors leading to Digital divide) are bigger and more difficult to solve. The world widely experience shows the several specialized initiatives are needed for rural areas in order to anticipate expansion of current digital divide and at the same time to provide solutions to deal with the actual problem.

Most of the effective solutions (Closing the Digital Divide in Rural Communities, 2001; Courtright, Robbin, 2001; Xavier, 2001; Bridging the “Digital Divide”, 2001; Fung, 2006; The Digital Divide in Austria, 2000), focused directly on ensuring access to technology; the majority of access-based successful initiatives also involved training.

This Chapter examines the ways in order to foster digital culture among rural citizens by demonstrating initiatives to bridge the digital divide through advanced broadband telecommunications and services providing remote areas with access to the Info- Society. Its specific objectives are:

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Chapter 1
Kelvin Joseph Bwalya, Tanya Du Plessis, Chris Rensleigh
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A Snapshot Overview of the Digital Divide: e-Inclusion and e-Government in the Zambian Context
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Information Literacy and the Digital Divide: Challenging E-Exclusion in the Global South
Chapter 3
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The rapid development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has created an environment for citizens to have greater access to their... Sample PDF
Explaining the Global Digital Divide: The Impact of Public Policy Initiatives on E-Government Capacity and Reach Worldwide
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Online Participation and Digital Divide: An Empirical Evaluation of U.S. Midwestern Municipalities
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The Digital Information Divide
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Millennials are Digital Natives?: An Investigation into Digital Propensity and Age
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M-Learning and Y Generation: The Reality behind the Myth
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Low Usage of Intelligent Technologies by the Aged: New Initiatives to Bridge the Digital Divide
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Online Literacy among Students and Faculty: A Comparative Study between the United States and Eastern European Countries
Chapter 10
Michael Howell-Moroney
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The Global Digital Divide and Its Impact on E-Governance
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A Framework for Digital Competence Assessment
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A Process Model for Successful E-Government Adoption in the Least Developed Countries: A Case of Bangladesh
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Sustainable Development and the Digital Divide Among OIC Countries: Towards a Collaborative Digital Approach
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Elvira Popescu, Costin Badica
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Conceptualizing a Contextual Measurement for Digital Divide/s: Using an Integrated Narrative
Chapter 16
Wei-Min Hu, James E. Prieger
Accurate measurement of digital divides is important for policy purposes. Empirical studies of broadband subscription gaps have largely used... Sample PDF
The Empirics of the Digital Divide: Can Duration Analysis Help?
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Mohammad Reza Hanafizadeh, Payam Hanafizadeh, Abbas Saghaei
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Perusing E-Readiness and Digital Divide: From a Critical View
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Gareth Schott, Neil Selwyn
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Game Literacy: Assessing its Value for Both Classification and Public Perceptions of Games in a New Zealand Context
Chapter 19
Meena Chary, Stephen K. Aikins
This chapter assesses how public policy can be used to bridge the global digital divide, especially in developing nations. First, the chapter... Sample PDF
Policy as a Bridge across the Global Digital Divide
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Exclusiveness vs. Inclusiveness in Software Development: The Triple-Loop-Learning Approach
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Developing and Managing Digital/Technology Literacy and Effective Learning Skills in Adult Learners
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Intelligent M-Learning Frameworks: Information and Communication Technology Applied in a Laptop Environment
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Zulkefli bin Ibrahim, Ainin Sulaiman, Tengku M. Faziharudean
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Bringing the Internet to the Rural Area: A Case Study of the ’KedaiKom’ Project in Malaysia
Chapter 24
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ICT for Digital Inclusion: A Study of Public Internet Kiosks in Mauritius
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Guidelines for Successful Public Internet Access Points (PIAPs) Implementation
Chapter 27
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In order to counteract the digital divide and to enable the society to reach all its citizens with various kinds of e-services, there is a need to... Sample PDF
Effortless Data Capture for Ambient E-Services with Digital Pen and Paper Technology
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Leonidas Anthopoulos, Panos Fitsilis
The digital cities, from their online forms such as America-On-Line and Kyoto cases, to their ubiquitous forms such as Beijing, Hull (UK) and... Sample PDF
Digital Cities: Towards Connected Citizens and Governance
Chapter 29
Miriam Judge
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Chapter 30
Donghee Han, Kathryn L. Braun
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Promoting Active Ageing through Technology Training in Korea
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Julie Doyle, Michela Bertolotto, David Wilson
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Chapter 32
Eleni Rossiou
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Sue Fenley
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Navigation and Visualisation Techniques in eLearning and Internet Research
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Nabanita Das
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Pervasive Internet via Wireless Infrastructure-Based Mesh Networks
Chapter 35
Sandra Schamroth Abrams
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The Dynamics of Video Gaming: Influences Affecting Game Play and Learning
Chapter 36
John Garofalakis, Andreas Koskeris
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Digital Divide and Rural Communities: Practical Solutions and Policies
Chapter 37
Mete Yildiz
This chapter examines the nature of digital divide in Turkey. To this end, after a brief summary of the literature, first, the dimensions of digital... Sample PDF
Digital Divide in Turkey: A General Assessment
Chapter 38
Håkan Selg
Results from a major survey among Internet users at Swedish universities indicate fundamental differences in patterns of usage. The “Web 2.0... Sample PDF
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An Analysis of Prospective Teachers’ Digital Citizenship Behaviour Norms
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Jane Burns, Michelle Blanchard, Atari Metcalf
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Chapter 41
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The Changing World of ICT and Health: Crossing the Digital Divide
Chapter 42
Violet E. Ikolo
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India’s Dalits Search for a Democratic Opening in the Digital Divide
Chapter 45
Paul Resta, Debby Kalk
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Chapter 46
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Citizens and E-Government Service Delivery: Techniques to Increase Citizen Participation
Chapter 48
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Chapter 49
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Chapter 50
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Chapter 51
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Digital Divide and Disadvantaged Populations in E-Tourism
Chapter 52
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Mobile technology use is a major issue in higher education institutions, and one that is increasing daily. While the new generation of students (the... Sample PDF
E-Learning Challenges for Polytechnic Institutions: Bringing E-Mobility to Hands-on Learning
Chapter 53
Sean Goggins, Sanda Erdelez
This chapter situates collaborative information behavior in completely online groups as a phenomenon distinct from prior work understanding... Sample PDF
Collaborative Information Behavior in Completely Online Groups
Chapter 54
Scott Baum, Arun Mahizhnan
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Public Participation in E-Government: Some Questions about Social Inclusion in the Singapore Model
Chapter 55
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This chapter analyzes the adequacy of two university education models according to their Information Communications Technology (ICT) usage: One... Sample PDF
ICT Use in Universities: An Educational Model for Digital Natives
Chapter 57
Athanasios Drigas, Dimitris Kouremenos, John Vrettaros
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Learning Applications for Disabled People
Chapter 58
Kerstin Grundén
In this chapter, internal digital divide problems in organizations are identified and discussed. A longitudinal case study focusing on the... Sample PDF
Internal Digital Divide in Organizations
Chapter 59
Jill Harrison, John Ryan
Technology use is contextual and tends to follow, often invisible, ground rules. Within the situational context of a higher education classroom the... Sample PDF
Diffusion of Technology in Higher Education Classrooms: The Case of the Laptop
Chapter 60
Thomas Ryberg, Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Chris Jones
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Catering to the Needs of the “Digital Natives” or Educating the “Net Generation”?
Chapter 61
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Chapter 62
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This chapter presents the results of the search carried out in the Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) database, with the aim of... Sample PDF
Digital Inclusion and Electronic Government: Looking for Convergence in the Decade 1997-2008
Chapter 63
Wan Ng
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Empowering Students to be Scientifically Literate through Digital Literacy
Chapter 64
Thomas C. Reeves, Jan Herrington
Regardless of whether one thinks of today’s higher education students as “digital natives” or members of “Generation Me,” it is obvious that... Sample PDF
Authentic Tasks: The Key to Harnessing the Drive to Learn in Members of “Generation Me”
Chapter 65
Francesco Amoretti, Fortunato Musella
A great part of the rhetoric accompanying the rapid diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Western societies in recent... Sample PDF
Governing Digital Divides: Power Structures and ICT Strategies in a Global Perspective
Chapter 66
Gohar Feroz Khan, Junghoon Moon
Electronic government, or e-Government, is the practice of providing public services to citizens, businesses, and other government agencies where... Sample PDF
E-Government Issues in Developing Countries: An Analysis from a Digital Divide, E-Skills, and Civil Conflict Theory Approach
Chapter 67
Rosemary Stockdale, Chris Felstead
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Stakeholders and Power in Community-Based IT Projects: Examining the Role of Service Recipients
Chapter 68
Evika Karamagioli
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Addressing Social Inclusion via eDemocracy Applications: Which Role for Human Rights?
Chapter 69
Meena Chary
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Social Equity, the Digital Divide and E-Governance: An Analysis of E-Governance Initiatives in India
Chapter 70
Jennifer Ehrhardt
Renowned Soviet psychologist and father of social constructivist learning theory Lev Vygotsky (1978) stated: “Every function in the child’s cultural... Sample PDF
Online Social Constructivism: Theory vs. Practice
Chapter 71
Lynette Kvasny, Kayla D. Hales
In this chapter, we examine how people of African descent are using an online discussion forum as a site for interrogating the existential question... Sample PDF
The Evolving Discourse of the Digital Divide: The Internet, Black Identity, and the Evolving Discourse of the Digital Divide
Chapter 72
Antonio Cartelli
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Theory and Practice in Digital Competence Assessment
Chapter 73
Nwachukwu Prince Ololube, Samuel Amaele, Peter James Kpolovie, Daniel Elemchukwu Egbezor
Frequently it is presumed that Nigerian students and faculties have been unable to find effective ways to use technology in the classroom and other... Sample PDF
The Issues of Digital Natives and Tourists: Empirical Investigation of the Level of IT/IS Usage between University Students and Faculty Members in a Developing Economy
Chapter 74
Andrew Thatcher, Mbongi Ndabeni
The digital divide is often conceptualised as inequalities of access to technology. While access is obviously a precursor to technology use... Sample PDF
A Psychological Model to Understand E-Adoption in the Context of the Digital Divide
Chapter 75
Rekha Pande
The present chapter attempts to look at the digital divide and the constraints related to Information Technology, which women share by gender. Along... Sample PDF
Gender Gaps and Information and Communication Technology: A Case Study of India
Chapter 76
Francesco D. Sandulli
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Solving the Paradoxes of the Information Technology Revolution: Productivity and Inequality
Chapter 77
Bolanle A. Olaniran, Hansel Burley, Maiga Chang
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Social Issues and Web 2.0: A Closer Look at Culture in E-Learning
Chapter 78
Sunnie Lee Watson, Thalia Mulvihill
This chapter aims to explore the historical, sociological, and economic factors that engender inequities related to digital technologies in the East... Sample PDF
Exploring the Notion of ‘Technology as a Public Good’: Emerging Characteristics and Trends of the Digital Divide in East Asian Education
Chapter 79
Robert Lerman, Caroline Ratcliffe, Harold Salzman, Douglas Wissoker, Jennifer Meagher
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Does the Digital Divide Extend to Minority- and Women- Owned Small Businesses?
Chapter 80
Kayenda T. Johnson, Tonya L. Smith-Jackson
This chapter addresses a problem that centers on the persistent disparities in computer use and access among citizens of varying cultural... Sample PDF
A Human Factors View of the Digital Divide
Chapter 81
Suely Fragoso, Denise Cogo, Liliane Dutra Brignol
This chapter discusses the success and failure of initiatives which provide access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as a means... Sample PDF
What Does it Mean to Bridge the Divide?: Learning from Spontaneous Practices towards ICTs
Chapter 82
Nicoletta Corrocher, Anna Raineri
This chapter aims at investigating the evolution of the digital divide within a set of developing countries between the years 2000 and 2005. In... Sample PDF
The Evolution of the Digital Divide across Developing Countries: Theoretical Issues and Empirical Investigation
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Anand Chand
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Reducing Digital Divide: The Case of the ‘People First Network’ (PFNet) in the Solomon Islands
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New Perspectives of Andragogy in Relation to the Use of Technology
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Francesca Comunello
It is widely acknowledged that the label “digital divide” can be partially misleading, because it emphasizes a binary dichotomy (“haves vs. have... Sample PDF
From the Digital Divide to Multiple Divides: Technology, Society, and New Media Skills
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U3A Online and Successful Aging: A Smart Way to Help Bridge the Grey Digital Divide
Chapter 87
Yanina Welp
Given the lack of transparency and the extent to which corruption is endemic to most Latin American countries, it is not surprising to find a high... Sample PDF
Bridging the Political Gap?: The Adoption of ICTs for the Improvement of Latin American Parliamentary Democracy
Chapter 88
Neil Selwyn, Keri Facer
This chapter discusses how digital exclusion continues to present a serious and significant threat to the successful establishment of developed and... Sample PDF
Beyond Digital Divide: Toward an Agenda for Change
Chapter 89
Star A. Muir
Characterizations of youth growing up with the Internet as Digital Natives have begun a revolution in teaching, but have also been problematized in... Sample PDF
The Gloss and the Reality of Teaching Digital Natives: Taking the Long View
Chapter 90
Rolf Schulmeister
An investigation into the students’ use of internet services, media types and e-learning preferences tried to find out if students today are... Sample PDF
Students, Internet, eLearning and Web 2.0
Chapter 91
Mona Dahms
This chapter contains two main messages: First, the concept of the ’digital divide’ should be seen as part of the problem rather than as part of the... Sample PDF
Shifting Focus from Access to Impact: Can Computers Alleviate Poverty?
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Driss Kettani, Bernard Moulin, Asmae El Mahdi
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have a tremendous potential to improve the quality of people’s livelihood in general and... Sample PDF
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