The Social Sciences

Year: 2018
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Page No. 316 - 322

Rural Community Digital Technology Connectedness: Does ICT in Rural Area Contributes to Rural Development in Malaysia?

Authors : Marhaini Mohd Noor

Abstract: This research emphasises on telecentres community digital technology connectedness in rural Malaysia to tackle the issue on digital divide. The telecentre program main objective was to increase rural communities ICT knowledge and skills as well as to enhance rural access to Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). Thus, this research has revised various studies on community informatics and previous studies of social capital in regard to, “Does ICT in rural area contributes to rural development in Malaysia?” From the assessment of the telecentre program, this research has provided the theoretical lens on community informatics and social capital theories. The research gap is to investigate if there is an improvement in human and social capital as an outcome of the telecentre. Therefore improvement in digital knowledge and skills in rural Malaysia and perceived effectiveness of the telecentre program were the contribution of this research. While the telecentre program in Malaysia is improving, the use of ICT for rural development is also improving, hence, the outcome is improve on quality of rural life. As a result, this study makes a contribution to rural development with reference to local rural communities in Malaysia with proposed model to develop.

How to cite this article:

Marhaini Mohd Noor , 2018. Rural Community Digital Technology Connectedness: Does ICT in Rural Area Contributes to Rural Development in Malaysia?. The Social Sciences, 13: 316-322.

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