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ICT Development for Social and Rural Connectedness provides an introduction to the concept of 'connectedness', and explores how this socio-psychological term has evolved during the age of the Internet. The book surveys the principles of ICT for development (ICTD), and closely examines how ICT has played a pivotal role in the rural community development of various countries. To highlight the continued benefits of ICT in these regions, the book presents an in-depth case study that analyzes the connectedness within the rural internet centers of Malaysia. The book is intended primarily for researchers and practitioners as a reference guide to ICTD in rural environments.



Chapter 1. An Overview of Connectedness

This chapter discusses connectedness as a construct and how it is defined and explored in various fields. It will focus on the psycho- social dimension of connectedness and thus, will highlight the definition of connectedness from a psychological perspective. The chapter then briefly relates connectedness to existing theories including Self Determined Theory. Recent research on connectedness will also be highlighted to provide the rationale and to frame the research described in Chap. 3.
Nor Aziah Alias

Chapter 2. ICTD and Rural Connectedness

This chapter illustrates how ICT influences connectedness in several realms particularly in education and community development. The chapter initially gives an introduction to ICT for development (ICTD) and description of how ICT has been utilized for rural community development. It will review relevant ICTD research and describe the different theories of change utilized by the researchers. This chapter ends with a general account of ICT and rural connectedness.
Nor Aziah Alias

Chapter 3. A Case of Rural Connectedness: The Malaysian Rural Internet Center (RICs) Users’ Experience

This chapter presents a case of rural connectedness through ICT utilization at internet centers in Malaysia. Personal capacity development is included to provide a complete picture of the rural users’ experience. Aspects of a research conducted at sixteen Malaysian internet centers (RICs) will be succinctly described to provide the reader details on how ICT influences the connectedness of rural folks. The chapter will illustrate the different dimensions and levels of connectedness in rural Malaysia; a typology of connectedness via ICT will be presented. The chapter ends with lessons learned and implications for future studies in ICT and connectedness.
Nor Aziah Alias


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