Reconciling culture and digital literacy in the United Arab Emirates

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Reconciling culture and digital literacy in the United Arab Emirates

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Abstract

© 2013 by IGI Global. All rights reserved. For a number of years, there has been a concerted effort by the United Arab Emirates to take a prominent role in introducing e-business initiatives throughout the Gulf region, and this effort has translated into widespread access of internet technology for its own citizens. The country, in setting out to become a hub for foreign and domestic companies, realized that to achieve these goals it must provide appropriate e-business frameworks and infrastructures, which it has successfully done. Although, while not the only means of acquiring digital literacy, regular exposure to the internet does contribute to gaining these necessary 21st century skills. It might be expected that with such widespread access to the internet the population would contribute to becoming digitally competent. Using an ethnographic case study methodology, this paper investigates issues contributing to what might be a new form of digital divide; cultural issues which limit the acquisition of such digital skills.

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Book

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['9781466630178', '9781466629448']

First Page

28

Last Page

40

Publication Date

2-28-2013

DOI

10.4018/978-1-4666-2943-1.ch003

Author First name, Last name, and Institution

Tony Jewels, Zayed University
Rozz Albon, Higher Colleges of Technology

Reconciling culture and digital literacy in the United Arab Emirates

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