Billions of dollars are being spent nationally and globally on providing computing access to digitally disadvantaged groups and cultures with an expectation that computers and the Internet can lead to higher socio-economic mobility. This ethnographic study of social computing in the Central Himalayas, India, investigates alternative social practices with new technologies and media amongst a population that is for the most part undocumented. In doing so, this book offers fresh and critical perspectives in areas of contemporary debate: informal learning with computers, cyberleisure, gender access and empowerment, digital intermediaries, and glocalization of information and media.A shopkeeper that deals primarily with cellphones remarks: Reliance [private mobile company] and Airtel [private] can take ... phone card for half-price calls for 200 rupees, but after scratching the card and entering the pincode, it did not work .
|Title||:||Dot Com Mantra|
|Author||:||Dr Payal Arora|
|Publisher||:||Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2012-11-28|