Box 12 – Barriers to Internet adoption in Indonesian CSOs
Among many other aspects, this research aims to investigate the barriers to the adoption of the Internet in civil society organisations (CSOs). However, it is not easy to address such a question straightforwardly. To approach this inquiry the survey posed two questions. One question addressed the ‘negative aspects’ caused by the use of ICTs, particularly the Internet, in Indonesian CSOs. The other one addressed the extent to which some factors hampered their Internet use.
Are there any negative aspects caused by Internet use in your organisation?
The salient negative aspects of Internet use in CSOs seem to be related more to the technical issues (computer virus and SPAM messages), and management issues (increase in expenditures, both in general and for specific communication purpose) rather than to the movement-specific issues (being overwhelmed in networking, and issues and concerns becoming biased). It is interesting to see that in only a few instances was the Internet said to be distractive to CSOs’ staff.
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Source: Fieldwork survey and author’s reflection.
(PhD Thesis, Nugroho, 2007:275 – Box 8.1.)