ICT and Public Access: Investigating the Social and Economic Impact of Public Access to Information and Communication Technologies

The program will undertake longitudinal and comparative research looking at the impacts from different models – libraries, telecenters, cybercafes, shared access mobiles, and other public access models that may emerge over the course of this project. The research will look at both positive and negative downstream impacts in areas like: employment and income; educational levels; civic engagement; government transcparency and democracy; cultural and language preservation; and improved health.

Grant Info


Christopher Coward


International Development Research Centre

Grant Dates

Nov 1, 2007 – Sep 1, 2012