Marco Aurélio de Figueiredo

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— Information and communication technologies have the potential to overcome age-old barriers of space, time, class, and custom to integrate poor, isolated and disenfranchised rural populations into the mainstream of the larger society. This article describes Gems of the Earth, a rural community telecenter project currently in development in a poor, but once(More)
Once acquainted with the modern information and communication tools made available with the advent of the Internet, five Brazilian rural communities participating in a pilot project to develop a self-sustaining telecenter model, engaged in citizen journalism using inexpensive digital video cameras. Community members used Web 2.0 collaborative tools to post(More)
This quantitative study surveyed 538 adults in isolated rural settings in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, to examine whether telecenters operated by the non-profit organization Gems of the Earth improve digital literacy and promote social change. Using multivariate logistic regression, the study examined how individuals use information and communication(More)
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