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Rural internet centre (RIC) as a mean for bridging the digital gap in rural communities: Assessment of current situations


Mat Aji, Zahurin and Ibrahim, Huda and Yusop, Nor Iadah and Abd Razak, Rafidah and Sheik Osman, Wan Rozaini (2007) Rural internet centre (RIC) as a mean for bridging the digital gap in rural communities: Assessment of current situations. In: 18th Annual Information Resources Management Association (IRMA) Conference , 19-23 May 2007 , Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Abstract

Rural Internet Centre (RIC) project by the Malaysian government offers opportunity to bridge the digital gap between the rural and urban communities in Malaysia. The RIC provides IT skills training and IT awareness programs to all groups of people including women, the elderly, and children. In order to assess the current RIC operations and usage, a survey was conducted in four selected RICs in Kedah and Perlis. Questionnaires were developed to measure the level of RIC usage and the RIC operations in the specific community. The findings show that role of partners, role of administrators, services/activities and functions, objectives, local infrastructures, financial support for sustainability, and users’ trainings and support are critical in the RIC operations. However, this study has identified that applications and content development are also important.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-1-59904-929-8
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: College of Arts and Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2011 02:24
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2011 02:24
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/4345

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