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Título: Evaluating ICT adoption in rural Brazil: a quantitative analysis of telecenters as agents of social change
Autor: Prado, Paola
Câmara, Mauro Araújo
Figueiredo, Marco Aurélio de
Afiliação: Roger Williams University
Fundação João Pinheiro
Loyola University Maryland
Data: 2011
Descritores: Tecnologia de informação
População rural
Keywords: Information technology
Rural population
Palavras-Chave: Community informatics
Telecenters
ICT4D
Digital inclusion
Digital divide
Abstract: This quantitative study surveyed 538 adults in isolated rural settings in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, to examine whether telecenters operated by the non-profit organization Gems of the Earth improve digital literacy and promote social change. Using multivariate logistic regression, the study examined how individuals use information and communication technologies (ICTs) at the telecenter, and tested for predictors of their use. The findings confirm that these rural communities use ICTs for entertainment, to engage in civic participation, and to practice professional skills. The findings suggest that digital inclusion impacts these isolated communities by creating opportunities that may foster human development.
Referência: PRADO, Paola; CÂMARA, Mauro Araújo; FIGUEIREDO, Marco Aurélio de. Evaluating ICT adoption in rural Brazil: a quantitative analysis of telecenters as agents of social change. The Journal of Community Informatics, v. 7, n. 1-2, p. 1-25, 2011.
ISSN: 1712-4441
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