Tribal Portals, Multimedia Content, Illiteracy, and Digital Inclusion

Abstract. The digital divide is affected by many factors but current research efforts on the digital inclusion of illiterate users mainly come from the Human Computer Interaction field through the design of multimedia based user interfaces essentially aimed at improving the Internet “know-how” skills of illiterate users. This paper proposes a model for the translation of multimedia content in indigenous languages for tribal web portals to bridge the digital divide for illiterate users not only for their web navigation skills, but also for other digital divide factors. The proposed model is built from the descriptive and qualitative case study of the tribal portals of the Bamileke, Bassa, Beti and Douala Cameroonian languages, and it is presented within the Design Science research framework.

Keywords: Design Science, Digital Divide, Illiteracy, Multimedia Content, Tribal Portals


Eyono-Obono, S.D. (2010) Tribal Portals, Multimedia Content, Illiteracy, and Digital Inclusion: the Case of the Bamileke, Bassa, Beti and Douala Cameroonian Ethnic Groups, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on ICT for Africa, March 25-27, Yaounde, Cameroon. Baton Rouge, LA: International Center for IT and Development.

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