Internet Cafés in Asia and Africa – Venues for Education and Learning?

  • Bjørn Furuholt
  • Stein Kristiansen
Keywords: Cybercafés, Information asymmetry, Learning

Abstract

ABSTRACT This paper examines the use of Internet cafés in two developing countries; Indonesia and Tanzania. The research is based on surveys of about 500 respondents in the two countries, supported by in-depth interviews. The findings show that Internet cafés are used for competence development today, and that they have the potential to be suitable arenas for human resource development for a wide range of users. For the users, access speed and price are important obstacles to increased use. More research is needed to see how Internet cafés can attract new user-groups to help reduce the digital divide within a developing country.
Published
2007-09-14
How to Cite
Furuholt, B., & Kristiansen, S. (2007). Internet Cafés in Asia and Africa – Venues for Education and Learning?. The Journal of Community Informatics, 3(2). Retrieved from http://www.ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/314
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Articles