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Title:Building sustainable digital communities: A five-pronged social-informatics research approach in Bangladesh
Author(s):Khabar, Jigya; Shams, Rifat Ara; Sarker, Anindita; Saha, Manika; Biswas, Monisha
Subject(s):Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D)
Social informatics
Information sustainability
Sustainable community
Women’s empowerment
Abstract:In a developing society, critical issues highlighted are not just about the technology, but with social factors such as culture, institutions, organizational issues, and individual identities. Understanding such factors is significant to illustrate how best to create sustainable communities using technology. Researchers at Monash University have collaborated with Oxfam International and developed a 5-year international development project known as PROTIC. This paper aims to give readers an overview of the PROTIC project and describe how the five doctoral research students are designing their research to achieve a common goal of developing sustainable digital communities in Bangladesh. The students follow different research methods in their respective projects, targeting overall long-term sustainability for the vulnerable communities identified in each of their studies. Although using five distinct research project approaches, the PROTIC project aims to use the exploratory study to make information and communication technologies (ICT) more sustainable for underserved communities. The findings from these researchers will impact on design and implementation of ICT-based socio-economic development projects undertaken by international development organizations.
Issue Date:2020-03-23
Series/Report:iConference 2020 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Jigya Khabar, Rifat Ara Shams, Anindita Sarker, Manika Saha, and Monisha Biswas
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-17

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