The technology "haves" and the "have nots": The Case of Cyprus

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Abstract

The social and economical dividends of the Internet appear to be boundless. The Internet has not only virtually transformed our society and economy, but also the way we live and work. This paper examines technology usage and understanding in the rural and urban areas of Cyprus. It is based on the results of the project DIADIGITE funded by the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus for the expansion of the internet in the rural areas of the country and enabling the development of e-activities in various sectors of the Cypriot economy. This project and its successor VIRTUAL BUS, funded by the same organization, aim at promoting new tools and methodologies for electronic transactions and infrastructures, as well as the exploitation of information technology and communications in education and culture, the promotion of e-govemment and new services for the citizen and the enterprises, and access to the Information Society. The results show that the rural areas are behind in internet services such as e-commerce, e-banking and e-govemment. The infrastructure availability is a major issue for the rural areas since high speed networks are not available in most of them. Contrary, in the urban areas, the developments in information communication technologies are improving continuously. This difference creates disadvantages in the way of life, economy, culture, and in the development of the individuals. Thus, the necessary measures have to be taken for the prevention of e-exclusion and the reduction of the digital divide between the technology "haves" and the "have nots".

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies and Applications, Jointly with SOIC 2006 - 2nd Int. Conf. on SOIC and PISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA, Proceedings
PublisherInternational Institute of Informatics and Systemics, IIIS
Pages205-210
Number of pages6
Volume2
ISBN (Print)9806560809, 9789806560802
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, EISTA 2006, Jointly with the 2nd Int. Conf. on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics, SOIC 2006 and 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA 2006 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 20 Jul 200623 Jul 2006

Other

Other4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, EISTA 2006, Jointly with the 2nd Int. Conf. on Social and Organizational Informatics and Cybernetics, SOIC 2006 and 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA 2006
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period20/07/0623/07/06

Keywords

  • Cyprus
  • Digital divide

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    Louca, S. (2006). The technology "haves" and the "have nots": The Case of Cyprus. In EISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, Jointly with SOIC 2006 - 2nd Int. Conf. on SOIC and PISTA 2006 - 4th Int. Conf. on PISTA, Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 205-210). International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, IIIS.