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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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TASCHA Talk focuses on Non-instrumental Uses in-depth study

by , Friday March 25th, 2011

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On March 3rd, Judith Yaaqoubi, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, discussed initial and revised instrument development for the Non-instrumental Uses in-depth study. Judith discussed the study's background, as well as the structure of the study, the research questions that underlie it, and how they initially planned to collect data.

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Non-instrumental Use study begins pilot testing in Brazil

by , Thursday September 23rd, 2010

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The research team for the Non-Instrumental Use study began pilot testing of survey instruments in Brazil on September 16. Throughout the trip so far, the researchers have had the opportunity to explore different public access venues and identify possible challenges they may encounter in the study's implementation.

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Do computer games and chat build useful skills?

by , Wednesday September 23rd, 2009

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The Non-instrumental Use of ICT as a Component of General ICT Skill Acquisition Study will explore the benefits library and telecenter users gain from playing computer games, sending email, and chatting. These types of uses — known as "non-instrumental" — are often ignored in studies on public access to ICT. But we suspect that they can help people develop the comfort, skills, and expertise they need to improve their social and economic situations, particularly in the areas of employment and education.

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