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A Case of Rural Connectedness: The Malaysian Rural Internet Center (RICs) Users’ Experience

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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering book series (BRIEFSELECTRIC)

Abstract

This chapter presents a case of rural connectedness through ICT utilization at internet centers in Malaysia. Personal capacity development is included to provide a complete picture of the rural users’ experience. Aspects of a research conducted at sixteen Malaysian internet centers (RICs) will be succinctly described to provide the reader details on how ICT influences the connectedness of rural folks. The chapter will illustrate the different dimensions and levels of connectedness in rural Malaysia; a typology of connectedness via ICT will be presented. The chapter ends with lessons learned and implications for future studies in ICT and connectedness.

Keywords

Prime Minister Online Social Network Senior Citizen Social Entrepreneur Female User 
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References

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© The Author(s) 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universiti Teknologi MARAShah AlamMalaysia

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