Internet Access At Public Access Venues In A Developing Countries: Lessons from Yogyakarta, Indonesia


  • Stevanus Wisnu Wijaya Sanata Dharma University Indonesia
  • Agnes Maria Polina Sanata Dharma University



Access, Community Information


This paper aims to present differences between male and female internet users in terms of their internet access, including the information they seek, their ICT uses, their frequency of use, and their barriers. This paper reports data from 400 internet café users in urban and non-urban areas in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The results show that there were some differences between the male and female users. Firstly, the number of male users who visited in internet café was slightly higher than that of female users. Secondly, in terms of information the users seek, female users in urban areas were more interested in accessing education and health contents than male users, whereas in non-urban areas female users were more interested in educational contents and agricultural contents. Secondly, in terms of the ICT uses, male users in urban areas tended to have more interest in using ICT for e-commerce and business than female users. On the other hand, in non urban areas, female users tended to have a higher interest in using ICT for blogging/social networking than male users. Next, with regard to frequency of use, in both urban and non-urban areas male users visited an internet café more often than female users. Finally, in term of barriers in using ICT; the most serious barriers both in urban and non-urban areas were distance, cost, content and services.

Author Biography

Stevanus Wisnu Wijaya, Sanata Dharma University Indonesia

Department of Informatics

Sanata Dharma University Indonesia