Ongoing Projects

Public Access to ICT in Colombia

This is an in-depth study of Public Access Venues in Colombia, in collaboration with Fundación Colombia Multicolor, and ICESI University in Cali, Colombia. It builds on the results of the Landscape Study of Public Access to ICT in 25 Countries.

Our goal is to enrich the understanding of some of the ideas we uncovered in the global landscape study, with in-depth research in five regions of the country. We strengthened and improved the data collection tools used in the global study (expert interviews, operator interviews, user surveys), and add two new data collection tools to go in-depth (life histories, information ecology workshops). We also explore dimensions of social impact of public access.

Final Results just published in a book in Spanish:

Barón, L. F. & Gómez, R. (2014). Mas que Teclas y Pantallas. Acceso público a TIC en Colombia. Santiago de Cali: Universidad Icesi.

 

Other Publications & Presentations:

Gomez, R., Baron, L.F., Villanueva, E. (2014). More than Facebook and Porn? Unexpected consequences of increased access to computers in Colombia. ICA Pre-Conference: Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD), International Communication Association, Seattle, WA. 

Baron, L. F.,& Gomez, R. (2013). Relationships and Connectedness: weak ties that help social inclusion through public access computing, ITD - Information Technology for Development. Taylor & Francis. Link

Baron, L. F.,& Gomez, R. (2012). Panorama de las Políticas Públicas en Colombia: De la infraestructura a la apropiación social, Signo y Pensamiento, 61. Bogota, Colombia: Universidad Javeriana. Link

Baron, L. F.,& Gomez, R. (2012). Iguales, Pero Diferentes: Comparación de Locales de Acceso Público a Computadores en Colombia, ITID - Information Technologies& International Development, 8(4), 59-76. USC Annenberg Press. Link

Baron, L. F.,& Gomez, R. (2012). Relaciones sociales y sensación de conexidad: Usos de cibercafés, telecentros y bibliotecas en Colombia, Anuario Electrónico de Estudios en Comunicación Social "Disertaciones", 5(1). Link

Baron, L. F.,& Gomez, R. (2012). Same but different: comparing public access computing venues in Colombia, ITID - Information Technologies & International Development, 8(4). USC Annenberg Press. Link

Gomez, R. (2012). Users’ Perceptions of Impact of Public Access Computing in Colombia: Libraries, Telecenters and Cybercafés, ITID - Information Technologies & International Development, 8(3). USC Annenberg Press. Link

Gomez, R.,& Baron, L. F. (2011). Does public access computing really contribute to community development? Lessons from libraries, telecenters and cybercafés in Colombia, Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries EJISDC, 49. Link

Gomez, R.,& Baron, L. F. (2010). Acceso público a Internet y cambio social: la experiencia en El Carmen de Bolívar, entre el silenciamiento y la esperanza, Revista CS, 6, 221-253. Link

Gomez, R. (2010). Public Access to the Internet and Social Change: An experience in Colombia, between silence and hope, Journal of Community Informatics, 6(3). (Best Papers from CIRN Conference, 2010). Link

Baron, L. F.,& Gomez, R. (2012). Perceptions of Connectedness: public access computing and social inclusion in Colombia. Proceedings of HICSS-45, Hawaii, Jan 2012.Link

Baron, L. F.,& Gomez, R. (2012). From Infrastructure to Social Appropriation of Public Access Computing: An Assessment of ICT Policy in Colombia. Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS, Seattle, WA. Link

Gomez, R. (2011). Impact of Public Access Computing in Colombia. Internet Research 10, Seattle, WA, Oct 2011.

Gomez, R.,& Baron, L. F. (2011). Is public access computing really contributing to development? Lessons from libraries, telecenters and cybercafés in Colombia. IFIP WG 9.4 Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal, May 2011. (Best Papers Selection).

Gomez, R.,& Baron, L. F. (2010). Public Access to Internet and Social Change: an experience in Carmen de Bolivar, Colombia. In L. Stillman & R. Gomez (Ed.),Proceedings of CIRN Conference 2010. (Best Papers selection).

Gomez, R., Baron, L. F., & Valdes, M. (2010). Panorama del Acceso Publico a TIC en Colombia: Relatoría Grupo Focal Bogotá. Link

Gomez, R. (2010). Panorama del Acceso Publico a TIC en Colombia: Relatoría Grupo Focal Cali.

Gomez, R., Baron, L. F., & Valdes, M. (2010). Panorama del Acceso Publico a TIC en Colombia: Relatoría Grupo Focal Carmen de Bolivar. Link

Gomez, R., Baron, L. F., & Valdes, M. (2010). Panorama del Acceso Publico a TIC en Colombia: Relatoría Grupo Focal Marinilla, Antioquia. Link

Gomez, R., Baron, L. F., & Valdes, M. (2010). Panorama del Acceso Publico a TIC en Colombia: Relatoría Grupo Focal Medellin. Link

Gomez, R., Baron, L. F., & Valdes, M. (2010). Panorama del Acceso Publico a TIC en Colombia: Relatoría Grupo Focal San Gil. Link

Gomez, R., III National Libraries Congress of Colombia, "Access... and some more. Public Access Computing in Colombia," National Library, Ministry of Culture, Bogota, Colombia. (October 22, 2012).

Gomez, R., Conceptualizing Development in Latin America, "A Million Friends: Social implications of information and communication technologies for development," University of Washington, LACS, Seattle. (April 2012).

Gomez, R., Biblioteca Nacional, Bogota, Colombia, "Acceso Público a TICs en Colombia: Bibliotecas, Telecentros y Cibercafés," Bogota, Colombia. (March 2011).

Gomez, R., Baron, L. F., TASCHA Talk, "Public Access Computing in Colombia," University of Washington, Seattle, WA. (December 10, 2010).

 

Research Methods and Instruments 

Mixed Methods approach, combining surveys, interviews and focus groups. 

Herramientas en Español:

Metododología: Diseño de Investigación

Guía de Entrevista: Expertos

Guía de Entrevista: Operadores

Guía de Encuesta: Usuarios

Guía de Entrevista: Historia de Vida

Guía de Taller de Grupo Focal

Manual de Formación para Encuestadores

Tools in English:

Summary of Research Design

Data Collection Instruments for Public Access Computing Information Ecology

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