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Taking the Internet to the People


At Internet outposts in India, Peru, and Hungary, even the computer illiterate reap the advantages of the Web

In the Morena District in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, an illiterate woman approaches the local soochak, the manager of an Internet kiosk. She complains about a water well that is not operating, and the soochak, for a small fee, uses a PC to enter her complaint on an electronic form, uploading it to a local hub, where it is registered with the authorities. [read more at IEEE Spectrum]

[Photo Credits and Description]AROUND THE WORLD: Ethnographers from Intel Corp. circled the globe to observe indigenous Internet use. In a small village in Hungary, they visited a two-room cottage where young people go for gaming and Web surfing [top left]. In India, they observed a woman registering a complaint about her village's well at an Internet kiosk [top middle], and they listened to the concerns of local business owners [top right]. In Peru, they watched a customer at a cabana publica make a voice-over-Internet call to the United States [bottom].

PHOTOS: TONY SALVADOR/JOHN SHERRY [edited by KerLeone]


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Interesting issue. Wheres the information from, have you been travelling in India?

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indeed it is. i did live one year in madhya pradesh, but neither participated in this survey nor know the intel-crew. Though a friend of mine is runnig an institution comparable to those of the article and i did something like a one-day-field-work expierence by helping him out in the time after the exams, when all the student come to check their results....hell of a time.
Anyway, i thought this case shows some other dimensions of pratical cyber-anthro-work....

thx for aesthetic surgery ´leone

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"Anyway, i thought this case shows some other dimensions of practical cyber-anthro-work."

And which, if I may ask?
In case you do mean, cyberanthropologists are not only supposed to do fieldwork online, I d agree.

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