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Telecenters for the Future in Tea Estates of Sri Lanka
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2016 (English)In: ICT for Promoting Human Development and Protecting the Environment: 6th IFIP World Information Technology Forum, WITFOR 2016 San José, Costa Rica, September 12–14, 2016 Proceedings / [ed] Francisco J. Mata, Ana Pont, 2016, 121-131 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on a study conducted at one of the Sri Lankan tea estate districts, exploring the present day status of telecenters to examine how they have succeeded in meeting the initial high expectations attached to them. During a field study, two major types of telecenters have been examined through observations, interviews and document analysis. Our findings suggest that the challenges of the initiation phase still prevail. The hopes are placed on the younger generation, as they are regarded as those who can benefit from the ICTs and thus contribute to the development of the remote communities of tea estates. In the concluding discussion, we advocate for the possibilities of co-designing new services that might help to transform the telecenters to meet the needs and requirements of the tea estate communities of today and tomorrow.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 121-131 p.
Series
, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1868-4238 ; 481
Keyword [en]
Digital divide, Education, Telecenters, Tea estate areas, Accessibility, Sustainability, ICT literacy, Community development, Civic services
National Category
Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-135445DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44447-5_12ISBN: 978-3-319-44446-8ISBN: 978-3-319-44447-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-135445DiVA: diva2:1045229
Conference
6th IFIP World Information Technology Forum, WITFOR 2016, San José, Costa Rica, September 12-14, 2016
Available from: 2016-11-08 Created: 2016-11-08 Last updated: 2016-11-21Bibliographically approved

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