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What is Access to ICTs

Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fifth Edition
This is an individual’s unrestricted ability, right, or permission to locate and use of an information and communication technology device such as computers, mobile phones, the internet and the likes for the receipt, processing, storage, retrieval, consumption, and dissemination of information.
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Gender Differences in Access to and Use of ICTs in Nigeria
Immanuel Ovemeso Umukoro (Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria), Aanuoluwapo Oluwaseun Omolade-Lawal (University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria), Samuel Oyelami Babalola (UAC Nigeria Plc, Nigeria), Kolawole Sunday Akinsumbo (LucrativeTech, Nigeria), Rashida Mebude Aligwa (Tek Experts Limited, Nigeria), and Balikis Animasaun Abdul-Jeleel (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria)
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3479-3.ch117
There is a skewed perception of the differences in access to and use of ICTs in modern society, especially in technology less-advanced nations. While there are various schools of thought on this topical issue, less is evident to establish that males and females have equal access to and use of information and communication technologies. Given the role of ICTs for development and the significance of gender equality to economic advancement as seen in the sustainable development goals, understanding gendered access to and use of ICTs can help develop interventions that help close the gender gap in access to and use of ICTs in order to help women leverage technology for socio-economic inclusion. The study, therefore, attempted to understand the presence or absence of gender differences in access to and use of ICTs and identify the causes in order to guide the development of interventions aimed at closing these gaps.
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