The digital divide and ICT learning in rural communities:examples of good practice service delivery


This article aims to gain a greater understanding of relevant and successful methods of stimulating an ICT culture and skills development in rural areas. The paper distils good practice activities, utilizing criteria derived from a review of the rural dimensions of ICT learning, from a range of relevant initiatives and programmes. These good practice activities cover: community resource centres providing opportunities for ‘tasting’ ICTs; video games and Internet Cafe´s as tools removing ‘entry barriers’; emphasis on ‘user management’ as a means of creating ownership; service delivery beyond fixed locations; use of ICT capacities in the delivery of general services; and selected use of financial support.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Huggins, Robert and Izushi, Hiro (2002). The digital divide and ICT learning in rural communities: examples of good practice service delivery. Local Economy, 17 (3), pp. 111-122. Local Economy is available online at
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT,skills development,rural areas,good practice,ICT learning
Publication ISSN: 1470-9325
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2024 07:37
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 13:47
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Published Date: 2002-05
Authors: Huggins, Robert
Izushi, Hiro (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4090-4181)



Version: Accepted Version

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