Exploring mobile internet use among marginalised young people in post-conflict Sierra Leone

Sam, Steven (2015) Exploring mobile internet use among marginalised young people in post-conflict Sierra Leone. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 66 1: 5.1-5.20.

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Author Sam, Steven
Title Exploring mobile internet use among marginalised young people in post-conflict Sierra Leone
Journal name Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries
ISSN 1681-4835
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 66
Issue 1
Start page 5.1
End page 5.20
Total pages 20
Place of publication Kowloon, Hong Kong
Publisher City University of Hong Kong Press
Collection year 2016
Subject 1710 Information Systems
Abstract Although the use of mobile internet is emerging as a new area of exploration for accessing the impact of mobile telephony on people in developing countries, study on how it is adopted and utilised in post-conflict context is rare. This paper draws upon domestication theory and ethnographic approach to explore the adoption, popularity and use of mobile internet by marginalised young people in post-conflict Sierra Leone. It argues that such an inquiry is important for understanding how the behavioural patterns of marginalised young people are shaped by the technology that is available to them, and equally how they shape technology to respond to their needs. While the findings reveal an increasing popularity and usage of mobile internet among marginalised young people to build communication networks, access information and entertainment content; some of the users are confronted with multiple impediments that mitigate their capabilities to access and use mobile internet productively. Notable examples of such barriers include high cost of internet enabled mobile phone, low level ICT and literacy skills and limited knowledge in the productive use of mobile internet. The paper concludes that if the potential of mobile internet is to be exploited for productive livelihood improvement, then, there is a need to respond appropriately to these challenges by providing cheaper and durable internet enabled mobile phones, create awareness and facilitate training to improve on the literacy and ICT skills of the users
Keyword Mobile Internet
Marginalised youth
Sierra Leone
Post-conflict country
Appropriation
Social Media
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Open access: http://www.ejisdc.org/ojs2/index.php/ejisdc/article/view/1439

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