How can digital inclusion promote social change? Exploring two Brazilian case studies

Poveda, Sammia C., "How can digital inclusion promote social change? Exploring two Brazilian case studies" 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2016, Ann Arbor, 2016/06/03-06.

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    Author Poveda, Sammia C.
    Title How can digital inclusion promote social change? Exploring two Brazilian case studies
    Event Series International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development
    Publication Date 2016-06-03
    Place of Publication Ann Arbor
    Publisher Association for Computing Machinery
    Pages 999
    Title of Event 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2016
    Date of Event 2016/06/03-06
    Place of Event Ann Arbor
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper presents the results of a comparative analysis of two digital inclusion programs, one from a civil society organization called CDI and another from a government programme called Jovem.com, in Campinas, Brazil. While both organisations provided free Internet access and basic ICT skills courses, CDI used a methodology based on critical pedagogy and Jovem.com used an orthodox didactic approach. Findings show that students from both organisations gained technical skills and reported gains in self-confidence, which they were able to use to address their immediate practical needs. However, only CDI students gained critical abilities, such as self-reflection and critical thinking, which they were able to use to address more strategic interests. This research draws upon Amartya Sen's capability approach and Paulo Freire's critical pedagogy. Fieldwork used participatory methodology and mixed-qualitative methods such as interviews, questionnaires, participant observation and fieldnotes. This paper concludes that digital inclusion organisations should focus, first, on strengthening the students' critical abilities to understand the root causes of their disadvantage. Second, organisations should focus on supporting students to find ways to use ICT to tackle that disadvantage.
    UNBIS Thesaurus DEVELOPMENT
    SOCIAL CHANGE
    Keyword Critical pedagogy
    ICT4D
    Digital inclusion
    Paulo Freire
    Capability approach
    Copyright Holder Association for Computing Machinery
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISBN 9781450343060
    DOI 10.1145/2909609.2909672
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