Designing democratic community networks: involving communities through civil participation

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Outlining issues of significance from investigations of a range of community ICT initiatives in the UK and Scandinavia, this paper presents a normative framework of democratic design criteria of relevance to community networks. Community networking or community informatics as it is increasingly called, provides the platform for a more participatory and democratic vision of the network society. However, before the opportunities presented by this vision can be embraced, the challenges of embedding such initiatives in community practice to stimulate community ownership and identity must first be addressed. Additionally, the enthusiasm of emergent community informatics practitioners should be informed by the experiences of early community ICT initiative pioneers. The issues presented in this paper provide salutary lessons for community networkers, researchers and policy-makers alike.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital cities II: second Kyoto workshop on digital cities, Kyoto, Japan, October 18-20, 2001. Revised Papers
EditorsM. Tanabe, P. van den Besselaar, T. Ishida
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)0302-9743
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Publication series

NameLecture notes in computer science


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