Perceptions of ICT use in rural Brazil: Factors that impact appropriation among marginalized communities

  • Paola Prado Roger Williams University
  • J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz Roger Williams University
  • Mauro Araújo Câmara Federal University of Minas Gerais
Keywords: Community Informatics, Information and Communication Technologies, ICT4D, Digital Inclusion, Digital Divide, Telecenters

Abstract

This study of digital inclusion among the rural poor examines how residents of remote mountain communities in Brazil perceive the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). It analyzes social factors that impact ICT appropriation and the behaviors and attitudes that advance digital literacy among marginalized rural populations. The authors conducted factor analysis and logistic regressions to survey data collected. Results confirm the presence of a gender divide in ICT adoption. Women were more likely to perceive that ICT use brings social benefits to the community, and considered that ICTs provide better opportunities for the young.


Este estudio sobre inclusión digital entre los pobres en comunidades rurales examina cómo es que los residentes de comunidades serranas remotas en Brasil perciben el uso de la las tecnologías de la información y comunicación (TICs). Analiza los factores sociales que impactan la apropiación de TIC, así como el comportamiento y las actitudes que permiten el avance de la alfabetización digital en poblaciones rurales marginalizadas. Los autores realizaron un análisis factorial y regresiones logísticas de la información recolectada a través de encuestas. Los resultados confirman la presencia de una brecha de género en la adopción de TIC. Las mujeres son más propensas a percibir que el uso de ICT trae beneficios sociales para la comunidad, y también consideraron que las TICs proporcionan mejores oportunidades para los jóvenes.

Author Biographies

Paola Prado, Roger Williams University
Paola Prado is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Digital Media, Communication Department, Roger Williams University, specializes in digital inclusion, digital journalism, and multimedia production.
J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz, Roger Williams University
J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Roger Wiliams University, Rhode Island, United States. E-mail: jtirado-alcaraz@rwu.edu
Mauro Araújo Câmara, Federal University of Minas Gerais
Mauro Araújo Câmara is a Ph.D. candidate in Information Science School program at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Published
2016-08-09
How to Cite
Prado, P., Tirado-Alcaraz, J. A., & Câmara, M. (2016). Perceptions of ICT use in rural Brazil: Factors that impact appropriation among marginalized communities. The Journal of Community Informatics, 12(3). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/1273
Section
Articles, Special Issue on Data Literacy