Teleworking the mobile Caribbean : enabling remote work among the marginalized in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago

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dc.contributor.author Dunn, Hopeton S.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-02T19:13:05Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-02T19:13:05Z
dc.date.created 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2139/43507
dc.description.abstract The 21st century is characterized by the rapid growth of information and communication technologies (ICTS) and their assimilation into all aspects of political economy. The Caribbean is characterised by a heavy infusion of moblie telephony in the day-to-day lives of its people. Proficiency in the use of such tools is of real value in this emerging information economy, and many governments have pursue the policy of enhancing their peoples' ICT capacities and capabilities as a means of attaining growth under difficult circumstances. This article argues that more wide-scale and selective adoption of these technologies is through telework, a concept extensively discussed in the ppaer as an emerging and relevant work arrangement. The implementation of telework through the use of mobile broadband is seen as an opportunity to exploit the advantage of a Caribbean workforce with virtually universal access to mobile telephony. The paper is grounded in experiences of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago with the widespread use of mobile telephony. It argues for greater policy action and more policy-relevant research into how the cellular phone can be used as a bridging techology to encourage more advanced usage of broadband applications by marginalized groups in a wide range of work related activities.
dc.relation.ispartof ICT Skills & Employability, vol. 5, issue 2, Summer 2009.
dc.subject.lcsh Mobile communication systems – Jamaica; Mobile communication systems – Trinidad and Tobago; Cell phones – Social aspects; Telecommunication policy
dc.title Teleworking the mobile Caribbean : enabling remote work among the marginalized in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago
dc.type Article


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