In this lecture, we will discuss user appropriation of technology. The focus will be on rural China, where Elisa Oreglia – our guest speaker for the day – does her research. Below is a description of her talk.
Online even in the fields: use of ICT in rural China
A reliable infrastructure, decreasing prices and plentiful connections to urban areas are making mobile phones and computers a common sight in some parts of rural China. In this talk, I will discuss the ‘appropriation’ of Information and Communication Technologies by Chinese rural residents, discussing how they acquire technology, how they learn how to use it, and what they do with it.