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Title: e-Government awareness among the techno-disadvantaged in the United States
Authors: Ward, BT
Connolly, R
Hackney, R
Keywords: E-government;Digital divide;Awareness;Visitation;Theory-based community initiative
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: European, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems, 2011 (EMCIS 2011), Athens, Greece, 2011
Abstract: This exploratory research focuses on awareness among techno-disadvantaged citizens in the United States. Specifically, we address whether awareness is associated with visitation and whether there are differences between those who are aware and those who are not aware. Following up on on a theory-based community initiative designed to improve computer literacy and access to information and communication technologies (ICT) for members of an underserved public housing community, a survey was undertaken. The results indicate that awareness is associated with visitation. Differences in demographic characterisitics, perceived ease of use (PEOU), and perceived access barriers between those who are aware of e-government websites, and those who are not, were found. While nearly half of the respondents are neither aware of nor have visited e-government websites, a slight majority is partaking of e-government services. We identify directions for future research and conclude by emphasizing the value of a theory-based community initiative to improve computer literacy, provide access to ICT, and advance e-government inclusion.
ISBN: 978-1-902316-85-7
Appears in Collections:Business and Management
Brunel Business School Research Papers

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