Human capital in the domain of Community Wireless Networks

Abdelnasser M. Abdelaal, Hesham H. Ali

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Abstract

Community Wireless Networks (CWNs) not only provide free or affordable Internet access but also facilitate human capital formation. They facilitate human capital accumulation by serving as a venue for brokering knowledge, providing training and enhancing access to information. Previous literature, mostly case studies, shows that CWNs support schools, improve healthcare, provide training and facilitate access to information. However, this literature does not treat these outcomes as sources of human capital. A survey instrument is used to collect evidence on how CWNs facilitate human capital formation. The data shows that CWNs serve as venues for enhancing formal and informal education, providing access to information, facilitating training and brokering knowledge among participants. We provide some conceptual details, methodical insights and policy implications in order to construct this research stream and promote CWNs as engines for economic progress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-45
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages3338-3346
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780769545257
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2012 - Maui, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 4 2012Jan 7 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Conference

Conference2012 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityMaui, HI
Period1/4/121/7/12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Abdelaal, A. M., & Ali, H. H. (2012). Human capital in the domain of Community Wireless Networks. In Proceedings of the 45th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-45 (pp. 3338-3346). [6149228] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2012.304