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Title:Community Informatics in Chongqing: A Case Study of the Real-Name and ID Requirement Policy in the Chinese Railway System
Author(s):Huo, Ran; Wei, Qunyi
Subject(s):Community informatics
China
Chongqing
Digital divide
Identification policy
Abstract:This study discusses strategies for narrowing the digital divide by examining the real-name and ID requirement policy that governs online purchases of train tickets in China. Using a case study, the authors of this study asks what factors influence online ticket purchasing by railway passengers and examines how Chinese public libraries offer online ticket-purchasing assistance as a strategy for bridging the digital divide. Deploying both quantitative and qualitative methods—including questionnaires and semistructured interviews— the authors found that four factors—gender, age, social status, and privacy concerns—were most important in influencing passengers’ online ticket purchasing, and that Chinese public libraries do facilitate access to the digital world.
Issue Date:2013
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In Library trends 62(1) Summer 2013: 105-120.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/46105
ISSN:0024-2594
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-11-21
2015-09-21


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