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Adoption and Use of ICTs among Rural Youth: Evidence from Greece

George Alexopoulos, Alex Koutsouris and Irene Tzouramani
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George Alexopoulos: Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
Alex Koutsouris: Agricultural University of Athens, Greece
Irene Tzouramani: National Agricultural Research Foundation, Greece

International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development (IJICTHD), 2010, vol. 2, issue 3, 1-18

Abstract: In the last few decades, within the rhetoric of the “information age†, there is a growing enthusiasm for the (potential) benefits of the dissemination of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This is further enhanced through eGovernment projects undertaken on a worldwide scale. However, a number of issues seem to defy such optimism as far as rural areas are concerned. The critical review of such issues question the thesis that ICTs undoubtedly benefit (human) development. In particular, this paper, drawing on data from a large-scale survey in Greece, identifies the marginal effects of a series of demographic, socioeconomic and spatial characteristics, and information sources on PC and Internet use on the part of young rural inhabitants, especially farmers. The results, pointing toward an emerging intra-rural digital divide, are consequently discussed vis-à -vis eGovernment projects, from the point of view of human development.

Date: 2010
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