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2012
 
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Baron, L. Fernando and Gomez, Ricardo (2012): Social network analysis of public access computing: relationships as a critical benefit of libraries, telecenters and cybercafs in developing countries. In: Proceedings of the 2012 iConference 2012. pp. 377-383. Available online

Building on theories of social network analysis, this paper discusses perceived benefits of Public Access Computing (PAC) in developing countries. Through a study of libraries, telecenters and cybercafs in Colombia, South America, we discuss users' perceptions of strengthened relationships with friends and family, stronger sense of belonging to a broader world, and new forms of entertainment, afforded through the use of computers in public access venues. These perceptions reveal an important dimension of the contribution of PAC social and economic development, emphasizing the importance of creating and maintaining social networks. The study is based on results of surveys, interviews and focus groups, combining qualitative and quantitative data gathered in five regions of the South American country during 2010.

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2011
 
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Clark, Melody and Gomez, Ricardo (2011): Cost and other barriers to public access computing in developing countries. In: Proceedings of the 2011 iConference 2011. pp. 181-188. Available online

Public access to computers and the Internet can play an important role in social and economic development if it effectively helps to meet the needs of underserved populations. Public access venues such as libraries, telecentres and cybercafs are sometimes free, and sometimes charge user fees. User fees can be an important barrier to use of public access venues, especially among underserved communities in developing countries. This paper analyzes the role of user fees and other critical barriers in the use of computers in public access venues in 25 developing countries around the world. Results of this study suggest that digital literacy of staff and local relevance of content may be more important than fees in determining user preference for public access venues. These findings are important to public libraries, which tend to offer free services, but where perceptions of digital literacy of staff and locally relevant content tend to be lowest, compared to telecentres and cybercafs, according to the results of this study. More attention to digital literacy of staff and availability of locally relevant content may be more important than free services to meet the information needs of underserved populations.

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2009
 
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Coward, Christopher, Gomez, Ricardo and Ambikar, Rucha (2009): An Assessment of Venues Providing Public Access to ICT: A Tale of 25 Countries. In: HICSS 2009 - 42st Hawaii International International Conference on Systems Science 5-8 January, 2009, Waikoloa, Big Island, HI, USA. pp. 1-9. Available online

 
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