Better home shopping or new democracy? Evaluating community network outcomes

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Abstract

This is a perspective paper on community networks - sociotechnical infrastructures supporting villages, towns, and neighborhoods. Community networking is well-established, world wide, and addresses critical societal issues, such as the "crisis of community" and the sociality of the Internet. However, community network projects have not emphasized evaluation. Relatively little is known about the economic, social, and psychological consequences of community networks for the individuals, groups, and communities served. Evaluating community networks is a momentous mutual opportunity for the development of CHI evaluation methodologies and for bringing technical CHI expertise to bear on societal issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages372-379
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 2001 Anyone. Anywhere - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Mar 31 2001Apr 5 2001

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OtherConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 2001 Anyone. Anywhere
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period3/31/014/5/01

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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Carroll, J. M., & Rosson, M. B. (2001). Better home shopping or new democracy? Evaluating community network outcomes. 372-379. Paper presented at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 2001 Anyone. Anywhere, Seattle, WA, United States.