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Does the intended context of use fit current economic and social practices? Does a critical mass of people have access to the tools? Is anyone excluded? Does the use of the tools require any special skills or languages beyond current or potential capabilities? e. effective, efficient, error-tolerant, easy to learn and to use, and engaging)? Do the tools support applications and content that are relevant to the community as a whole, to individual members? Are the tools reliable? Does the use of the tools contribute to a positive and meaningful outcome for the community as a whole, for individual members?

Rathi, Timothy A. Gonsahes, AshokJhimjhunwala, Theps Gin predominant perceptions of rural India, indeed today BPO operations are making their way to the most remote and unlikely parts in the country. As celebrated New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman, observes in his latest book The World Is Flat [1], "all you need now is a global, web-enabled platform for multiple forms of sharing knowledge and work, irrespective of time, distance, geography and increasingly, language". As rural India increasingly becomes more connected, there is no reason that jobs cannot move - as they have from London to Bangalore - further to Vadalur, an unheard of village in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

Castro, L. , 2007, in IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, Volume 241, Home Informatics and Telematics: ICT for the Next Billion, eds. , (Boston: Springer), pp. 49-63. 50 Victor M. Gonzalez, Kenneth Kraemer, Luis A. Castro and Alladi Venkatesh own household. These two aspects do not necessarily reflect an idealistic scenario where digital and housing divides have been eliminated; Mexico is far from that. Instead, they reflect a set of conditions where technologies are likely to impact the very conceptual bases of what we understand for homes and more generally neighborhoods; a vision that we refer here as Habitat Computing.

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