Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies

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Gurstein, Michael
Idea Group Inc (IGI), Jul 1, 1999 - Technology & Engineering - 596 pages

Community Informatics is developing as an approach for linking economic and social development efforts at the community level to the opportunities that information and communication's technologies present. Areas such as SMEs and electronic commerce, community and civic networks, electronic democracy and online participation are among a few of the areas affected.

Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies is an introduction to the discipline of community informatics. Issues such as trends, controversies, challenges and opportunities facing the community application of information and communications technologies into the millennium are studied.

 

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Contents

Requirements for a REgional Information Infrastructure for Sustainable CommunitiesThe Case for Community Informatics
52
Embedding the Net Community Empowerment in the Age of Information
81
The Role of Community Information in the Virtual Metropolis The CoExistence of Virtual and Proximate Terrains
104
Differential IT Access and Use Patterns in Rural and SmallTown Atlantic Canada
136
Building the Information Society from the Bottom Up? EU Public Policy and Community Informatics in North West England
151
CI AND COMMUNITY NETWORKING
173
New Communities and New Community Networks
174
CTCNet the Community Technology Movement and the Prospects for Democracy in America
190
OnLine Discussion Forums in a Swedish Local Government Context
359
Reinforcing and Opening Communities Through Innovative Technologies
380
AcademicCommunity Partnerships for Advanced Information Processing in low TechnologySupport Settings
404
CI AND DEVELOPMENT
414
Communication Shops and Telecenters in Developing Nations
415
Virtual Communities Real Struggles Seeking Alternatives for Democratic Networking
446
Linking Communities to Global Policymaking A New Electronic Window on the United Nations
470
Community and Technology Social Learning in CCIS
494

Community Networks for Reinventing Citizenship and Democracy
213
ICT and Local Governance A View from the South
232
Community Inforamtics for Electronic Democracy Social Shaping of the Digital City in Antwerp
251
InternetBased Neighborhood Information Systems A Comparative Analysis
275
Community Impact of Telebased Information Centers
298
CI Applications
319
Cafematics The Cybercafe and the Community
320
Facilitating Community Processes Through Culturally Appropriate Inforamtics An Australian Indigenous Community Information System Case Study
339
COMMUNITY INFORMATICS CASE STUDIES
515
Community Participation in the Design of the Seattle Public Schools Budget Builder Web Site
516
Discussions and Decisions Enabling Participation in Design in Geographical Communities
539
Radio B92 Belgrade Harnesses the Power of a Media Activist Community During the War to Keep Broadcasting Despite Terrestrial Ban
561
The Economics of Community Networking Case Studies from the Association for Progressive Communications
568
About the Authors
584
Index
593
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Michael Gurstein, Ph.D completed a B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in the Sociology at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Gurstein was a senior public servant in the Provinces of British Columbia and Saskatchewan. For a number of years Dr. Gurstein was the president of the consulting firm Socioscope Inc. in Ottawa, Canada which specialized in the human aspects of advanced technologies. From 1992-95 Dr. Gurstein was a management advisor with the United Nations Secretariat in New York. From 1995-99 Dr. Gurstein was the ECBC/NSERC/SSHRC Associate Chair in the Management of Technological Change at the University College of Cape Breton and the Founder Director of the Centre for Community and Enterprise Networking (CCEN) of that institution. CCEN specialized in the application of information and communications technology to local economic development, particularly rural development. Dr. Gurstein has published widely and in addition to this book has authored the book "Burying Coal: Research and Development in a Marginal Community" by Collective Press. Dr. Gurstein is currently an Associate Professor of Management and Technology at the Technical University of British Columbia, in Vancouver Canada and the Director of the Centre for Community Informatics. [Editor]

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