Exploring Socioeconomic and Sociocultural Implications of ICT Use: An Ethnographic Study of Indigenous People in Malaysia

  • Norazlinawati WalidEmail author
  • Emma Nuraihan Mior Ibrahim
  • Chee Siang Ang
  • Norlaila Md. Noor
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9180)


In some countries, it is revealed that the ICT usage by indigenous people is possible to be accomplished and utilized to deliver benefits. For the purpose of development and advancement of Orang Asli (one of the indigenous groups in Malaysia) and in support of the national aspirations in Vision 2020, ICT exposure to Orang Asli requires holistic implementation. Therefore, the predominant issue to be discovered comprehensively is about Orang Asli and it is imperative to understand their needs and requirements in terms of ICT acceptance, appropriation, barriers, as well as infrastructure and infostructure issues. In conclusion, we found four main aspects to be considered in research involving Orang Asli’s use of ICT and benefit ICT: (i) the influential people, (ii) infrastructure barriers (iii) social development issues, and (iv) motivational factors.


Indigenous Orang asli Malaysia Socioeconomic Sociocultural ICT use Focus group Thematic analysis Card sorting Expert reviewer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norazlinawati Walid
    • 1
    Email author
  • Emma Nuraihan Mior Ibrahim
    • 1
  • Chee Siang Ang
    • 2
  • Norlaila Md. Noor
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Computer and Mathematical SciencesUniversiti Teknologi MARAShah AlamMalaysia
  2. 2.School of Engineering and Digital ArtsKent UniversityCanterburyUK

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