Just published: main uses of online content by users in developing countries

January 8, 2004 in News on publications

Just published: An article by Balthas Seibold on main uses of online content by users in developing countries. The article is part of a scientific book on the quality of online communication. The German title is “Gute Seiten – schlechte Seiten. Qualität in der Onlinekommunikation”. The title of the article (which is available in German online, is “Verfügbar, verständlich und relevant – was Nutzer in Entwicklungsländern von Onlineinhalten erwarten”. You find there a checklist for quality of online content in developing countries, knowledge as a common good, intellectual property rights discussion, availability of digital content, language and multilingualism, cultural diversity and selflearn didactics. Check the article (in German) in the following download.

New study out on main needs and expectations of internet users in Peru

May 25, 2002 in Freedom to learn, News on publications

balthas_enseignementWhat are the  main needs, uses and expectations of internet users in Peru as an example of a developing country? This has been the main focus of a piece of research by Balthas Seibold, which resulted in two sets of publications: An article on the needs with the German title “Verfügbar, verständlich und relevant – was Nutzer in Entwicklungsländern von Onlineinhalten erwarten” and a set of case studies on main types of uses and content in high demand in Peru, titled: “e-learning & e-rotik – Welche Online-Inhalte fragen Internet-Nutzer in Peru nach? “.

The article establishes a set of quality criteria for “useful” online content in a development context, the case studies track and analyse user preferences in Peru’s internet cabinas: Interestingly, the content most in demand seems to be e-learning and adult content. For more check the following page (in German)