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Understanding ICT in ICT4D: An Affordance Perspective
University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway.
Dalarna University, Borlänge, Sweden. (Inforamtik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1076-3442
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), 2017, 2017, p. 2618-2626Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Understanding the role of ICT for development is at the core of ICT4D research. However, prevailing research in this field most often focuses on access or readiness of a technology, or on the outcomes of the technology use. Less attention has been paid to understand the mechanism of the technology use that leads to the outcomes. The question of why ICT in a development context sometimes work and sometimes does not work still remainsa subject of enquiry. To enhance our understanding in this regard, we propose to use the concept of affordances to unfold the “black boxed” nature of ICT. We revisited a case from Kenya to illustrate the applicationof affordances in a ICT4D context. The findings show that the benefits of ICT can be harnessed only if the users in the underprivileged communities can perceive and actualize the affordances of the ICT. However, what is ICT affordances, and how people perceive and actualize the affordances in the context of developing countries are the issues that we delve in this paper.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. p. 2618-2626
Keywords [en]
ICT4D, Affordances, Developing Countries, Education
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Information Systems, Social aspects
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Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64691DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2017.316ISBN: 978-0-9981331-0-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64691DiVA, id: diva2:1178886
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50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2017), University of Hawaii, Manoa, USA, January 4-7, 2017
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved

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