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Reducing the Digital Divide in Mexico: Analyzing the Impact of Telecenters

Reducing the Digital Divide in Mexico: Analyzing the Impact of Telecenters
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Author(s): Rodrigo Sandoval Almazán (Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – Campus Toluca, Mexico), Mario A. Gutiérrez Alonso (Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – Campus Toluca, Mexico) and Rodolfo Torres Matus (Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – Campus Toluca, Mexico)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch256
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Being an active member of the knowledge society is essential for all the countries around the world. However, important obstacles must be overcome in order to achieve this goal, one of the most important is reducing the digital divide: unequal access to TI. Developing Countries have tried to diminish the impact of unbalanced technology access through the creation of telecenters in which low-income users can learn and get used to Information Technology. In Mexico this effort has led to the implementation of the e-México project (electronic-Mexico). The e-México program deals with the installation of digital community centers (DCC), a kind of telecenter which provides user with Internet-enabled PCs. This article is a first effort to analyze the impact of such DCC. We focus our attention on the State of Mexico, a densely populated state located in the center of Mexico. We describe the factors taken into account to install DCC and analyze whether or not their location is expected to positively impact low-income counties.

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