7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres

7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres

Published on: Feb 12 2014 by Michael Gurstein - Comments Off on 7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres
As those, who have been in and around community-based ICT/Internet access (community informatics) initiatives well know, the primary dilemma for these activities (e.g. Telecentres) is how to ensure sufficient sustainability,...
Do Public Access Computing Centers Have a Direct Impact on Development?

Do Public Access Computing Centers Have a Direct Impact on Development?

Published on: Sep 19 2012 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Do Public Access Computing Centers Have a Direct Impact on Development?
Measuring the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) for community development is critical, yet it remains elusive. Users’ Perceptions of the Impact of Public Access Computing in Colombia: Libraries,...
Ten years later, telecenters are still not sustainable

Ten years later, telecenters are still not sustainable

Published on: Jun 27 2012 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Ten years later, telecenters are still not sustainable
In case you are wondering, telecenters are still not sustainable. A new research report, Public Access Computing in South Africa: Old Lessons and New Challenges, has this un-surprising conclusion: In 2001 Benjamin found...
Libraries: the Dirty but Effective Word in Public Access to ICT

Libraries: the Dirty but Effective Word in Public Access to ICT

Published on: Nov 21 2011 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Is this the library the future of public access ICT after cybercafes and telecenters? Back when Bill Gates was young, he had multiple opportunities to geek out – he had access to computers at home and at school –...
Telecentres are NOT sustainable!

Telecentres are NOT sustainable!

Published on: Jun 27 2011 by Michael Gurstein - 16 Comments
Almost since the very beginning of Telecentres/public access centres the nagging from funders – mostly governments but major NGO’s as well – has been directed towards making sure that these would somehow/sometime...