Examining the concept of computer hubs as an approach to increase technological inclusion in rural areas in low-income countries : A Field Study in Linga Linga, Mozambique

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS); KTH/Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS)

Sammanfattning: This project examines the concept of computer hubs as a tool to increase technological inclusion in rural areas in lowincome countries. The viability of computer hubs as a concept was evaluated by looking at three factors among people living in such areas: acceptance of computers, the financial viability of computer hubs, and actual ease of use of computers. The study was conducted in Linga Linga, a small village located in the province of Morrumbene in southern Mozambique. Linga Linga is characterized by low technological inclusion and low income, which is typical for villages in rural areas in lowincome countries. Interviews, questionnaires, workshops and focus groups were conducted to examine the viability of computer hubs. The study indicates that the acceptance of computers, measured through attitude towards computers as well as perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use of computers, was sufficient for implementation. The study also concludes that the actual ease is sufficiently high, and even in cases where it is not due to a lack of previous experience with computers, the time it takes to learn is low. In addition, it was found that computer hubs are financially viable from a business perspective. In conclusion, computer hubs can be considered a viable approach to increase technological inclusion in rural areas in low-income countries.

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