Major Project 2 - Adugna J. Geneti Project 2 Pg.1...

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Adugna J. Geneti – Project 2 Pg. 1 Information Technology for development: An industrial case study of cyber cafés in Addis Student Name: Adugna J. GENETI THE UNIVERSITY OF ATLANTA Instructor: Dr. M. Dawood
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Adugna J. Geneti – Project 2 Pg. 2 Table of Contents I. Abstract . ................................................................................................................................... 3 II. INTRODUCTION . .................................................................................................................. 3 III. DEBATES . .............................................................................................................................. 4 IV. Shared public cyber spaces in Oromo social environments . ................................................... 6 V. REPORTS FROM THE FIELD . ............................................................................................. 8 Barriers despite Boom . ............................................................................................................................. 8 Commerce despite Barriers . ..................................................................................................................... 9 VI. CONCLUSION . .................................................................................................................... 12 VII. Works Cited . .......................................................................................................................... 13
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Adugna J. Geneti – Project 2 Pg. 3 I. Abstract The paper, drawn from on-going studies of internet cafés in Addis, reports interesting localization of information and communication technology (ICT) offerings in shared public spaces. These are in some disjuncture with the ideology of digital inclusion striving to integrate hitherto excluded and ‘information poor’ communities. We find context specific and commercial localization of ICT services contributing to their immersion in underserved contexts, introducing technology as significant part of everyday commerce. If ‘non-developmental spaces’ using ICT are more open to entrepreneurial activities, multiple players, especially the government, could creatively engage with them to promote ICT interventions in everyday civilian life. We indicate some curious and interesting examples strictly belonging to the commercial realm nevertheless bearing the potential for expansion of ICT services. II. INTRODUCTION This study paper looks at a particular configuration of ICT’s to provide critical accounts of developmental initiatives in Addis. It focuses on an ongoing ethnographic study of urban and internet cafés and rural PC kiosks. We have covered 10 which are hosting PC kiosk and respective ten cafés distributed in the regional cities of Hawassa, BaherDar, Dire, Nekemt, Assela, Jimma, and Mekelle. The initial findings are pointing towards interesting localization of ICT offerings in these public spaces and are, probably, in some disjuncture with the ideology of
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2011 for the course MIS 637 taught by Professor Dawood during the Spring '11 term at National Technical University of Athens, Athens.

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