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The role of intermediaries in the implementation and development of asynchronous rural access

Watkins, Jerry J., Tacchi, Jo A., & Kiran, M.S. (2009) The role of intermediaries in the implementation and development of asynchronous rural access. In Proceedings of HCI International 2009 : Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services, Springer-Verlag Berlin, Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, pp. 451-459.

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Abstract

In Orissa state, India, the DakNet system supports asynchronous Internet communication between an urban hub and rural nodes. DakNet is noteworthy in many respects, not least in how the system leverages existing transport infrastructure. Wi-Fi transceivers mounted on local buses send and receive user data from roadside kiosks, for later transfer to/from the Internet via wireless protocols. This store-and-forward system allows DakNet to offer asynchronous communication capacity to rural users at low cost. The original ambition of the DakNet system was to provide email and SMS facilities to rural communities. Our 2008 study of the communicative ecology surrounding the DakNet system revealed that this ambition has now evolved – in response to market demand – to the extent that e-shopping (rather than email) has become the primary driver behind the DakNet offer.

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ID Code: 29529
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: mobile , ICT, development, intermediaries
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-02713-0_48
ISBN: 9783642027123
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > International and Development Communication (200103)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Springer
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Deposited On: 07 Jan 2010 08:36
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 01:13

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