The purpose of this paper is to examine the access to community telecenters (CTs) and the resulting changes in people's livelihood by focusing on the gendered use of computers and the internet in two Thai CTs.
Qualitative methods through participant observation and interviews of 37 respondents are privileged. The assessment of the findings in this study is made by analyzing preset indicators created and adapted from a literature review of telecenters, livelihoods, and gender.
Findings suggest that livelihood changes in specific areas, with a rise in self‐esteem being one of the most noticeable changes. Moreover, financial opportunities, including career enhancement and product development, have expanded as a result of accessing CTs. In regard to gender, although it is found that there is only a small difference in financial opportunity between women and men, the findings point to more positive changes for women than men in terms of health enhancement and social connectedness, while men benefit slightly more in self‐esteem and education.
The paper verifies the possibility of information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool for enhancing the lives of people. It demonstrates that adults in a rural community can get the benefits of ICTs only if they have the opportunity to learn and have access to use. Furthermore, gender differences identified in the paper can support gender‐sensitive projects using ICT for development.
Naivinit, S. (2009), "Gender, access to community telecenter and livelihood asset changes", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 7 No. 2/3, pp. 128-135. https://doi.org/10.1108/14779960910955846Download as .RIS
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