In India, we have the public call offices (PCOs) -- essentially manned telephone booths where the revenues are shared between the telco and the PCO operator. There are more than 600,000 of these PCOs across the country. There are many Community Information Centres where one can access the Internet and according to some of my friends who love travelling across India, these cybercafes are now appearing in remote locations too.
A couple of examples of Community Information Centres are: www.drishtee.com www.e-choupal.com Venky Herman Wasserman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > Cliff, this is a very interesting line of argument -- if this way of > using the internet through an intermediary is a general practice in > Africa because of the lack of connectivity, it might mean amending some > of the theories of Internet communication from the idea of the Internet > as a many-to-one or individualised, customised form of communication to > one that is similar to the two-step flow of communication, where > information is mediated by leaders or representatives in society. > > Can you perhaps point me to some case studies of this type of mediation, > or to specific examples? Thanks > > Cliff Missen wrote: > >> Today, villager's messages are being delivered on paper to a Internet >> Cafe and then transcribed into email for delivery worldwide by someone >> who holds an email account. There may someday be a SERVICE that enhances >> this informal relationship to the point where a single "griot" can >> manage email accounts for hundreds of clients through a simple handheld >> device. It'll take a little tweaking of the current email and client >> software, but it's very possible. ------------ This DOT-COM Discussion is funded by the dot-ORG USAID Cooperative Agreement, and hosted by GKD. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org provides more information. To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd For the GKD database, with past messages: http://www.GKDknowledge.org