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A case study of DIY ICT

Shiro Uesugi (Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration, Matsuyama University, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan)

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ISSN: 1463-6697

Article publication date: 27 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to present a case study of a rural Do It Yourself (DIY) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) project in a Japanese depopulated rural community.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper consists of two parts. First, the technology that enables the project is presented together with policy considerations about why such a technology had to be deployed. An analysis of the results from surveys and interviews is then presented.

Findings

In order to achieve sustainable development of a rural ICT project, which is the key to enabling economic development, it is essential to involve residents' participation. A test‐bed DIY project was constructed in a Japanese rural community in 2004, and surveys were conducted in 2004 and 2006 in order to identify residents' needs and awareness of ICT, determine the information literacy level, and evaluate the attitude toward the acceptance of ICT. Also, individual interviews were conducted to look at the qualitative side of residents' perceptions. In general, the residents were found to be indifferent as far as the statistical significance is concerned. However, insights from individual interviews disclosed some useful factors about how to tackle the digital divide in modern society, including the usefulness of DIY in ICT.

Originality/value

The findings, based on analysis of a unique DIY ICT project, will be of value to operators and regulators.

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Citation

Uesugi, S. (2008), "A case study of DIY ICT", info, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 46-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636690810887535

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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