Enacting and Interpreting Technology- From Usage to Well-Being: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples with ICTs

Enacting and Interpreting Technology- From Usage to Well-Being: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples with ICTs

Björn-Sören Gigler (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 41
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-699-0.ch006
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Abstract

Under which conditions can information and communications technologies (ICTs) enhance the well-being of indigenous communities? This chapter investigates this question, focusing on the role of information and communications technology in promoting indigenous peoples’ development. First, the chapter analyzes key factors under which information and knowledge can be instrumental and substantive for the empowerment of marginalized groups. Hereby, it will be argued that improved informational capabilities, similar to the enhancement of a person’s writing and reading skills, can enhance poor people’s capabilities to make strategic life choices and to achieve the lifestyle they value. The chapter develops an alternative evaluation framework for ICT interventions based on Sen’s capability approach. This framework places, in contrast to the current discourse around the digital divide, the human development of the poor and not technology at the center of the analysis. The chapter concludes that a direct and causal relationship between ICTs and enhanced well-being does not exist, but that in fact this relationship is being shaped by a dynamic, multi-dimensional interrelationship between technology and the social context.

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Role of ICT in Empowerment
Hakikur Rahman
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Cecilia Stanton
Delivering online quality education and equal access requires a commitment to diverse learner populations. This chapter outlines some of the reasons... Sample PDF
Diversity Chalenges in Online Learning
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Chapter 2
Hakikur Rahman
Effective use of information technology can play an important role in learning processes among constricted-bandwidth-inflicted countries with bare... Sample PDF
Empowerment of Marginal Communities Through Information-Driven Learning
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Chapter 3
Hannah Beardon
The digital divide has its roots in the political and power dynamics that underlie all inequality. It follows, therefore, that the response from the... Sample PDF
ICTs, Empowerment, and Development: Articulating Grassroots Analysis Through Participatory Approaches
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Chapter 4
Timlynn T. Babitsky, James F. Salmons
Information and communication technology (ICT) is a potentially potent force for empowering marginal communities in developing countries. To be... Sample PDF
Affecting Change from the Grassroots: Making a Difference without Power, Prestige, or Money
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Chapter 5
Sarah Parkinson
This chapter focuses on the importance of social structures in enabling equitable access opportunities and useful applications of ICTs. It further... Sample PDF
Social Structures for Access, Use, and Development
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Chapter 6
Björn-Sören Gigler
Under which conditions can information and communications technologies (ICTs) enhance the well-being of indigenous communities? This chapter... Sample PDF
Enacting and Interpreting Technology- From Usage to Well-Being: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples with ICTs
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Chapter 7
Al P. Mizell
The Internet has become an essential element of all society today. Those who can access the World Wide Web have become active participants in the... Sample PDF
Helping Close the Digital Divide for Financially Disadvantaged Seniors
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Chapter 8
Rosanna Tarsiero
The chapter provides the reader with an overview of the problems persons with mental illness experience in their everyday life, and guides readers... Sample PDF
Community-Based Information Technology Interventions for Persons with Mental Illness
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Surmaya Talyarkhan, David J. Grimshaw, Lucky Lowe
This chapter characterises the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) to share information with people at grassroots as connecting the... Sample PDF
Connecting the First Mile: A Best Practice Framework for ICT-Based Knowledge Sharing Initiatives
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Fazila Farouk, David Barnard
This chapter discusses the challenges facing social justice organisations working in the South African non-profit sector in their attempts to... Sample PDF
The Internet as a Fundraising Tool for Marginal Communities in South Africa
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Chapter 11
Kam H. Vat
The chapter investigates an actionable context of knowledge networking, from the perspective of sustainable development which should accommodate the... Sample PDF
Building Virtual Communities Through a De-Marginalized View of Knowledge Networking
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Chapter 12
Robert Jordan, Worachat Buranapunsri, Zane Berge
In this chapter, accessibility is defined as providing barrier-free Internet applications for those with physical and other disabilities. In some... Sample PDF
Sustaining Internet Accessibility
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Chapter 13
M. Aminul Islam, Elena Murelli, Frederick Noronha, Hakikur Rahman
Capacity development initiatives for marginal communities with information and knowledge under the contemporary global scenario perhaps could be one... Sample PDF
Capacity Development Initiatives for Marginal Communities: A Few Case Studies
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