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The Role of ICT Laws and National Culture in Determining ICT Diffusion and Well-Being: A Cross-Country Examination

Anupriya Khan (), Satish Krishnan () and Jithesh Arayankalam ()
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Anupriya Khan: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Satish Krishnan: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Jithesh Arayankalam: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

Information Systems Frontiers, 2022, vol. 24, issue 2, No 5, 415-440

Abstract: Abstract ICT-induced legal and regulatory challenges, including security and privacy risks, are on the rise. Despite that, there is a dearth of research emphasizing the role of ICT laws and understanding its effect on the level of ICT diffusion and the well-being of a country. Drawing on Dror’s law and social change framework, and grounding the discussion on the literature on ICT diffusion, the perspective of perceived risk, Hofstede’s typology of national culture, and the technological determinism theory, this study (1) explores the effect of maturity of ICT laws in a country on ICT diffusion among its citizens and businesses; (2) understands how this relationship is contingent on the national cultural dimensions; and (3) explicates the role of ICT diffusion in promoting the well-being. The research model is examined using publicly available data from 83 countries, and the findings suggest that sound ICT laws are necessary for achieving a greater diffusion of ICTs and improving well-being.

Keywords: Maturity of ICT laws; Security and privacy issues; National culture; ICT diffusion; Well-being (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s10796-020-10039-y

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