The role of local Intermediaries in the process of digitally engaging non-users of the internet

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This article aims to provide a better understanding of the process of becoming digitally engaged. Those who cannot utilise digital networks are systematically disadvantaged, particularly in a hyper-connected world in which services are provided online by default. By interviewing and observing clients and trainers at a telecentre, the ACT Digital Hub, this study investigated the process that non-internet users undergo-from digital readiness to digital engagement-in order to become adept users. Intermediaries such as telecentres play a crucial role in equipping non-users with digital readiness, which is a precursor to digital media literacy. Social environment also plays a significant role in non-users' digital readiness. Rather than focusing merely on the provision of access to bridge the digital divide, we need a longer-term investment in adequate environments, such as sustainable community training centres, that nurture digital readiness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-145
Number of pages9
JournalMedia International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy
Issue number151
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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