Digital Readiness –Northern Region
This is the final set in the series of studies exploring and assessing the digital readiness, awareness and literacy of rural communities. Previous studies looked at rural communities near Kuching, Serian, Samarahan, Sarikei, Mukah and Sibu, while this one will examine those around Bintulu, Miri and Limbang. Once again, the study aims to compile a demographic and socio-economic profile of the targeted population, to gauge their level of awareness/knowledge regarding ICT and Digital Economy, to evaluate the extent of digital access and gaps, and to appraise the level of digital literacy, competency and participatory interest, among other things. This study will utilise the same mixed methods approach that was used in the first two studies. Approximately 900 respondents are targeted for this particular study. Once again, local Pusat Internet Malaysia (PIM) will be used as a reference point. For this purpose, 16 PIMs scattered around Bintulu, Miri and Limbang will be used. In terms of mobile connectivity, the study will cover areas that are serviced by private Telecos such as Digi, Maxis and Celcom. The findings of the study are expected to provide some valuable information and data regarding the state of digital readiness of communities, electronic device ownership, skills, knowledge and awareness on digital infrastructure, digital gaps that need intervention, and inputs and recommendations for planning and decision making on requirements for digital infrastructure in Sarawak.