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Most public access users are either students or employed

by , Wednesday July 11th, 2012

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In the last post on public access venue user findings, we discussed that while many of the users are young and male, that is not the complete picture. Public access venues serve people of all ages, and women frequent public access venues as well. Let's take a look at their occupation status.

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Communications & leisure activities: More than just fun and games

by , Wednesday June 27th, 2012

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Communications & leisure activities: More than just fun and games

As discussed in a previous post, communications & leisure tops the list of uses for public access ICT. While this is not surprising, use of public access venues for communications & leisure is often frowned upon, especially if the venue is publicly funded or has a development mission. Funders, governments, and non-governmental organizations of public access venues would often like to see lower use in the communications domain and higher use in other "development" domains such as government, health, and employment & income. The reality, however, is that communication activities, such as the use of social networking sites and emailing with family and friends, remain high across all types of venues. But does this mean other public access venue objectives, such as developing ICT skills and filling information gaps, aren't being met? How do communications & leisure activities contribute to other objectives of public access initiatives?

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What do public access venue users use computers for?

by , Monday June 18th, 2012

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What do public access venue users use computers for?

The Global Impact Study is mainly looking at six development domains: communications & leisure, culture & language, education, employment & income, government, and health. Communications & leisure is the number one used domain, followed closely by education. Employment & income use is high as well, with over 40% of all public access users surveyed using public access for activities in this domain. More episodic uses and perhaps less available in some countries, such as culture & language, health, and government, see less use.

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Who uses public access venues?

by , Wednesday April 25th, 2012

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Who uses public access venues?

The last few posts based on the User Profiles working paper considered the "access" dimensions of public access venues - where people access computers and the Internet and why they go to public access venues. The next few posts, including this one, will uncover who comprises the "public" component of public access venues, that is, who are the users of public access venues? This post will focus on two primary demographics of public access venue users: age and gender. Does the stereotypical public access venue user, young and male, hold up? Let's find out.

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Why do people use public access venues?

by , Tuesday April 10th, 2012

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Why do people use public access venues?

The last two posts on findings from the User Profile paper described that many people only have access to computers and particularly the Internet at public access ICT venues. Public access ICT venues also provide many with their first opportunity to gain experience with computers and the Internet. However, as displayed in the last post, there are public access ICT venue users that do indeed have access to computers and the Internet at their homes. In three countries, Chile, Ghana, and the Philippines, around a quarter to a third of users surveyed have Internet access at home. Even in the lowest household penetration rate, almost 15% of users in Bangladesh have Internet access at home. While we know that for many users, it is their only option for access, but what drives users that have access at home to use computers and ICT at public access venues? For many it is because public access venues offer better equipment than at home, which could also mean a faster Internet connection. Another significant reason is to see friends or be with other people in the venue. In Brazil, where users enjoy the highest percentage of Internet access at home, these are the two main reasons users visit public access venues.

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