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Rural Internet Centre (RIC) as a Mean for Bridging the Digital Gap in Rural Communities: Assessment of Current Situations

Rural Internet Centre (RIC) as a Mean for Bridging the Digital Gap in Rural Communities: Assessment of Current Situations
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Author(s): Zahurin Mat Aji (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia), Huda Ibrahim (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia), Nor Iadah Yusop (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia), Rafidah Abd Razak (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia) and Wan Rozaini Sheik Osman (Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 5
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.ch277
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Rural Internet Centre (RIC) project by the Malaysian government offers opportunity to bridge the digital gap between the rural and urban communities in Malaysia. The RIC provides IT skills training and knowledge acquisition programs to all groups of people including women, the elderly, and children. The stakeholders of the project are the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications (MEWC), Malaysia Post Berhad and Maju Sedunia Digital (MSD). The Malaysian government aim to set up 240 centres by the year 2010 which will eventually reaching an estimated 2.8 million members of the rural communities. The management of the centres’ operations and activities are entrusted to the local representatives. This paper presents initial findings of the RICs in Northern of Malaysia. Specifically, the description focuses on the administration, users, activities, and services of the RIC. The aim is to provide early indication of the current RICs situations. The potential of RIC to the rural communities in Northern of Malaysia will also be highlighted.

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