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Community Informatics Shaping computer-mediated social relations by Leigh Keeble and Brian D. Loader pdf download

Community Informatics Shaping computer-mediated social relations by Leigh Keeble and Brian D. Loader pdf download. This book is the outcome of an international conference which was organised by the Community Informatics Research and Applications Unit (CIRA) based at the University of Teesside, UK, in April 2000. It was an event which brought together a number of leading practitioners, academics and community activists who share a common desire to understand and use the potentially transforming qualities of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for developing stronger community relationships.

Community Informatics Shaping computer-mediated social relations by Leigh Keeble and Brian D. Loader pdf download

The vision and energy of community informatics practitioners is now beginning to provide us with some exciting examples of innovative applications and a growing source of lay experience and academic research outputs upon which to gain a clearer understanding of these developments and their potential consequences for community relations. The chapters in this book provide a wide coverage of the lessons which are beginning to be learnt from many of these social experiments.

Community Informatics Shaping computer-mediated social relations by Leigh Keeble and Brian D. Loader pdf download

They sometimes identify a significant divergence between the rhetoric of enthusiasts and the actual experience on the ground. Moreover, we cannot even be sure that they do not represent a transitory set of well-intentioned projects and that the torches of the early community-network pioneers will not be extinguished by greater social and economic forces. Yet they may also give us an insight into the potential of people to shape the new media in ways which are emancipatory, creative, educational and socially supportive.

Community Informatics Shaping computer-mediated social relations by Leigh Keeble and Brian D. Loader pdf download

As such they could provide some valuable early lessons to inform future policy choices. We hope that some sense of the generosity and desire to share and help others, which was such a prominent aspect of the conference, is conveyed within the pages of this book. We would like to thank all the authors and participants for their encouraging and stimulating contributions. For the supportive environment and efficient organisation which enabled us to enjoy the experience we are grateful to June Ions, Irene Versluijs, Mathilde Gorte, Heike Van Steensel and Vicky Rushin.

Community Informatics Shaping computer-mediated social relations by Leigh Keeble and Brian D. Loader pdf download

For the digital arts section of the conference, we would like to thank Perry Bard, Jen Southern from IDEA, Rupert Francis, Ling Wong, the young people from the M@RC project and the young people from Macmillan College, Middlesbrough, who all gave their time freely to make this such a success. Lastly, we would like to thank all of our colleagues at CIRA for their perpetual inspiration and for their support during the conference, and Claire Taylor whose responsibility it has been to pull this collection together. Finally, we would like to thank John Keeble and Kim Loader for their forbearance and for the usual unsolicited help from William and Christopher Loader.

Community Informatics Shaping computer-mediated social relations by Leigh Keeble and Brian D. Loader pdf download

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