[Telecentres] Re: telecentres Digest, Vol 1, Issue 43

Subbiah Arunachalam arun at mssrf.res.in
Thu Sep 30 10:35:49 BST 2004

Dear Andy:

"To me, telecentres, telecottages, CTCs, etc, provided added value beyond 
a PC connected by a wire (or a signal) to the Internet. It's their 
people, their educational courses, their community activities, their 
civic engagement, and their neighborhood leadership that make them a 
telecentre. I think in an ideal world, we would all have equitable, 
ubiquitous access to the Internet at home and wirelessly, but even if we 
did, telecentres would still serve as community institutions in which 
people could come together to get hands-on training, learn about new 
technologies, co-produce community content, and other activities you 
would associate with a non-ICT community center, but in an ICT context."

That is a good definition. A telecentre must be embedded in the overall
development context. 

[Subbiah Arunachalam]

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