5 Year Study Shows the Importance of Public Access to Technology

A five-year study implemented by the by the University of Washington’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) was designed to assess the impact of public access to information and communication technologies in eight countries (Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Lithuania, the Philippines, and South Africa). According to lead investigator, Araba Sey, the study determined that "many people in low- and middle-income countries, including the underemployed, women, rural residents and other who are often marginalized, derive great benefits in such areas as education, employment and health when they use computers and the Internet at public access venues." Further, forty percent of users surveyed said public access venues had been crucial to their development of computer skills, and half said the same of learning Internet skills.