What Does it Mean to Bridge the Divide?: Learning from Spontaneous Practices towards ICTs

What Does it Mean to Bridge the Divide?: Learning from Spontaneous Practices towards ICTs

Suely Fragoso (Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos (Unisinos), Brazil), Denise Cogo (Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos (Unisinos), Brazil) and Liliane Dutra Brignol (Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos (Unisinos) & Centro Universitario Franciscano (Unifra), Brazil)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-799-2.ch008
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the success and failure of initiatives which provide access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) as a means of promoting social inclusion. We believe that there is often a disparity between the supposed and the true needs and desires of the minority groups at the receiving end of digital divide initiatives. Observation of practices towards ICTs which are spontaneously developed by a minority group indicate that important achievements are being overlooked by formal evaluations of digital divide projects and policies. The observed practices are organized into six categories and a change of paradigm is proposed for further actions.

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