"i-Internet? Intle” (beautiful): Exploring first time internet use via mobile phones in a South African women’s collective
Donner, Jonathan, Shikoh Gitau and Gary Marsden (2009) "i-Internet? Intle” (beautiful): Exploring first time internet use via mobile phones in a South African women’s collective. In Proceedings 3rd Annual Conference of the International Development Informatics Association, Kruger Park, South Africa.
Using an ethnographic action research approach, the study explores the challenges, practices, and emergent framings of mobile-only Internet use in a resource-constrained setting. We trained eight women in a nongovernmental organization’s collective in South Africa, none of whom had used a personal computer, how to access the Internet on mobile handsets they already owned. Six months after training, most continued to use the mobile Internet for a combination of utility, entertainment, and connection, but they had encountered barriers, including affordability and difficulty of use. Participants’ assessments mingled aspirational and actual utility of the channel with and against a background of socioeconomic constraints. Discussion links the digital literacy perspective to the broader theoretical frameworks of domestication, adaptive structuration, and appropriation.
|EPrint Type:||Conference Paper|
|Subjects:||H Information Systems: H.5 INFORMATION INTERFACES AND PRESENTATION|
|Deposited By:||Marsden, Gary|
|Deposited On:||13 April 2011|