Community preferences for digital futures: a regional perspective

Alam, Khorshed ORCID: and Shahiduzzaman, Md (2013) Community preferences for digital futures: a regional perspective. In: 37th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI 2013): Regions that Work: Research, Practice and Policy, 3-6 Dec 2013, Hervey Bay, Australia.


The objective of this study was to understand community preferences for digital futures in the Southern Downs Region in Queensland, Australia. The study examined the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the digital future in the regional context. The methodology applied in this study included three focus group discussions (FGDs) along with a structured questionnaire survey for the participants. Some key suggestions which evolved from the FGDs are that digital services need to be cost-effective and people from low socio-economic backgrounds may require specific supportive measures. A consensus emerged that the provision of this vital digital education needs to be at low or subsidised cost at remote areas. It is therefore important to have a comprehensive understanding of community needs, demands and barriers to adoption to come up with a digital economy strategy for the future. While the FGDs provide an avenue for basic understanding of the broad range of issues at the community level, further micro-level analyses that shed light on the adoption and effects of digital technology on households and businesses are clearly warranted.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2014 12:48
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2020 06:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: community preferences; digital futures; focus group; Southern Downs Region
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080605 Decision Support and Group Support Systems
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460902 Decision support and group support systems
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440499 Development studies not elsewhere classified
38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380199 Applied economics not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890399 Information Services not elsewhere classified

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