Asking Internet users to explain non-use in Kyrgyzstan

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Explanations for slow adoption of the Internet in developing countries tend to break down when examining specific populations or fall into overly broad commentary that doesn't really allow for meaningful interpretation. In Central Asia, and specifically Kyrgyzstan, Internet adoption seems to be tapering off well below saturation levels. Survey data helps to explain why this is happening, but offers too much of a bird's eye view to really understand what using and not using the Internet means. In depth interviews with Internet users give a clearer picture of how to define Internet use in Kyrgyzstan, and why some people are adopting ICTs and why others aren't.

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