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The value of extended networks: information and communication technology interventions in rural Peru

Diaz Andrade, Antonio E. and Urquhart, Cathy (2007) The value of extended networks: information and communication technology interventions in rural Peru. [Conference or Workshop Item] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This interpretive case study discusses the implications of the information and communication technology (ICT) intervention in a remote village located in the northern Peruvian Andes. An integrated perspective, bringing together the ICT and social capital theories, provides a sensitising framework for this exploratory research. Using grounded theory method for the analysis of the stories of two villagers, the paper illustrates how the ICT intervention enabled a few people to gain or reinforce ascendancy in their village. The paper then discusses implications from the actual and potential consequences of ICT intervention in rural areas in developing countries.

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