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Evaluating community informatics (C I) for development of local democracy by Mind Map: Evaluating community informatics   (C I)
for development of local democracy
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Evaluating community informatics (C I) for development of local democracy

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Geographical orientation

Examines a wide range of ITC (information and communication technology) activities and aplications.

By local community groups

For meeting their social, cultural,economic and political goals.

Extends and enhaces the work of traditional community media

Such as local community magazine

Example CI initiative: Moseley Egroup

Located at:

Moseley, a suburb of Birmingham, UK

Based in:

Use of the Internet, Disseminate community information more broadly, Generate involvement in local decision making, Create more diverse debate over local affairs, Using Yahoo Egroup system, Standardized Web site package hosted from Yahoo server, Hosts an email discussion list and searchable email archive


Members of the police and local councilors

Editor of the B13 magazine

Members of the forum and Moseley Society


New space for deliberation over local affairs, Several email exchanges, Debate over community services, Community events, Use of the village green

Aspects of the egroup that limited their goals

Membership of the egroup is highly unrepresentative of the community, 130 - 360 members

Reference to a middle class, middle age liberals, Rather than reflecting growing ethnic and socioeconomic diversity

Patterns of E-mail posting, accentuated by reading paterns


Development of strong local democracy

Notions of the public sphere

INS to insert (Windows)

TAB to insert (Mac OS)

ENTER to add siblings

DEL to delete

All key shortcuts

Develop citizen participation in local decision making

Reintegrating into society those who have been traditionally set aside of it.

Creating means for local communication, Provide better access to information and lower cost publishing, Generation of local political knowledge, New forms of local deliberation


Preexisting disciplines: Computer science Management Sociology Education Development studies Social policy studies

CI's limiting factors

Potential for disseminating relevant or irrelevant information

Potential to reinforce forms of social exclusion

Concerns of political bias

Patterns of E-mail posting

E-mail reading

Setting agenda based on the concern of the members themselves.