Digital Empowerment for Handloom Clusters: The Case of Digital Cluster Development Program in India
The research aims to evaluate the Wireless for Communities (W4C) model that is being implemented by Digital
Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and the Internet Society (ISOC) in handloom clusters in India. The W4C makes use of the
free spectrum made available by the Government of India to provide internet connectivity to remote village locations By
conducting an in-depth action research in these three handloom centers, the study aims to develop a research framework of
technology adoption among the rural population and investigate the impact of IT connectivity on well-being of the rural
population and its major enablers.
Index Terms – Adoption, Digital Literacy, Internet, Spectrum, Technology