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A Guidebook for Managing Telecentre Networks

A collaborative project of the community

Edited by Meddie Mayanja, Manuel Acevedo, Silvia Caicedo and Claire Buré

(Wikified by Bangladesh Open Source Network with support from Partha Sarker)

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Telecentre (noun): A Telecentre is a public place where people can access computers, the Internet, and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information, create, learn, and communicate with others while they develop essential digital skills. While each Telecentre is different, their common focus is on the use of digital technologies to support community, economic, educational, and social development—reducing isolation, bridging the digital divide, promoting health issues, creating economic opportunities, and reaching out to youth for example.

Telecentres exist in almost every country, although they sometimes go by a different name: public Internet access center (PIAP), village knowledge center, Infocenter, community technology center (CTC), community multimedia center (CMC), multipurpose community Telecentre (MCT), Common/Citizen Service Centre (CSC), school-based Telecentre, etc.[1]

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  1. Wikipedia definition of a “Telecentre” October 29, 2009, 18:16 GMT