Around the world, citizens in local communities are utilising ICTs to underpin the creation of a participatory and democratic vision of the network society. Embedded in the richness and diversity of community practice, a vision of a 'civil network society' is emerging. A society where ICTs are harnessed as tools to improve the quality of life and reflect the diversity of social networks; where people are viewed as citizens, not just as consumers, and where heterogeneity is perceived as a strength rather than a weakness.

Community Practice in the Network Society looks at the broad context in which this is happening, presents case studies of local projects from around the world, and discusses community ICT research methodologies. Not only does it highlight the symbiotic relationship between community ICT practice and research, but it also provides evidence supporting the case for the development of more inclusive and participatory pathways to the network society.

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Community practice

An alternative vision of the network society

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PART I The network society: issues and exigencies

chapter |16 pages


How a commercially driven Internet threatens the foundations of democratic self-governance and what to do about it

chapter |14 pages

Welcome to 1927

The creation of property rights and Internet domain name policy in historical perspective

chapter |11 pages

The changing online landscape

From free-for-all to commercial gatekeeping

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Part II Snapshots of community practice

chapter |13 pages

ICTs for health promotion in the community

A participative approach

chapter |15 pages

Cybercafés and national elites

Constraints on community networking in Latin America

chapter |13 pages

“Informationalizing” El Salvador

Participatory design of a national information and ICT strategy

chapter |17 pages

Social cyberpower in the everyday life of an African American community

A report on action-research in Toledo, Ohio

part |2 pages

Part III An emerging community technology research agenda

chapter |16 pages

Citizenship and public access Internet use

Beyond the field of dreams

chapter |15 pages

A human rights perspective on the digital divide

A human right to communicate

chapter |15 pages

Community Informatics Systems

A meeting place for useful research