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The Impact of the Internet on Local Social Equity: A Study of a Telecenter in Aguablanca, Colombia


  • Sarah Parkinson

    (Communications and Advocacy Manager, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Kabul, Afghanistan.)

  • Allan C. Lauzon

    (Associate Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.)


This case study of a telecenter in Cali, Colombia examines the impacts of Internet access and use on local social equity. It proceeds with a livelihoods analysis of the neighborhoods surrounding the telecenter combined with an analysis of how telecenter users and other local residents are using the Internet and other ICTs. The study found that the telecenter was not improving local social equity through its services: its users were demographically similar to other Internet users and used the Internet primarily to further their formal employment options. Implications for the broader telecenter and ICT for development literature are discussed. (c) 2008 by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Sarah Parkinson & Allan C. Lauzon, 2008. "The Impact of the Internet on Local Social Equity: A Study of a Telecenter in Aguablanca, Colombia," Information Technologies and International Development, MIT Press, vol. 4(3), pages 21-38, April/Jul.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:itintd:v:4:y:2008:i:3:p:21-38

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    1. Avgerou, Chrisanthi, 2010. "Discourses on ICT and development," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 35564, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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