The Experience with Community Telecentres: Volume 2: by Florence Ebam Etta

By Florence Ebam Etta

Quantity 2 examines the surroundings, operations and results of group telecenters. It describes the telecenter reviews of quite a few neighborhood and infrequently rural groups, exploring the administration constructions and mechanisms which have been tested to help those telecenters. The publication presents profiles of telecenter utilization and discusses the aptitude and demanding situations of establishing and retaining neighborhood telecenters within the context of bad details infrastructure and restricted human ability. it will likely be invaluable for researchers, coverage- and decision-makers, and improvement practitioners and pros with pursuits or lively courses within the quarter of 'ICT for development,' rather people with a spotlight on common entry and universal-service or public entry facilities. it's going to even be a truly worthy reference software for students, scholars and teachers.

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Simpler management models and, if not, clearly articulated and supportive roles for each management group or of actors should be instituted. The nature of significant relationships and responsibilities in a trustee model are still unclear and in dire need of refinement and understanding through further research. The range of management and ownership models should be expanded. Experiments in public, private and multiple ownership arrangements could be attempted for rural and remote populations as one way of improving financial sustainability.

Underutilization of existing computer resources is also common, often caused by the preponderance of many stand-alone computers in the same office with no use of Local Area Networks (LANs or WANs). Offices quite often have many PCs, but only one is usually fitted with a modem connected to the Internet. The high cost of computer hardware and software licensing is a major hurdle. As a result increasing attention is being directed toward the use of recycled PCs, thin client solutions, set-top boxes, and other low-cost 'appliances', and applications, Open Source and free software.

Even early technologies for communicating information, such as the talking drum ought rightly to belong on this list. Increasingly however, when ICTs are discussed, the notion is of computer- 12 Volume 2: The Experience with Community Telecentres mediated forms and modes, yet these are only the newest ones. A reality, fast gaining prominence and power is that of convergence meaning a combination of 1C technologies or formats for delivering information and communication. This is manifest in the complexity in the capacities of new generation mobile phones for example which have audio, print and video outputs or services.

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