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[book cover] Connecting Canadians

edited by Andrew Clement, Michael Gurstein, Graham Longford, Marita Moll, and Leslie Regan Shade

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July 2012

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Canadian Studies / Communication & Cultural Studies / Communication & Cultural Studies: Technology & Society / Public Policy



About the Book

Connecting Canadians represents the work of the Community Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN), the largest national and international research effort to examine the burgeoning field of community informatics, a cross-disciplinary approach to the mobilization of information and communications technologies (ICT) for community change.

Funded for four years by the SSHRC's Initiative for the New Economy, CRACIN systematically studied a wide variety of Canadian community ICT initiatives, bringing perspectives from sociology, computer science, critical theory, women's studies, library and information sciences, and management studies to bear on networking technologies. A comprehensive thematic account of this in-depth research, Connecting Canadians will be an essential resource for NGOs, governments, the private sector, and multilateral agencies across the globe.

About the Editors

Andrew Clement is a professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, with a cross-over appointment in the Department of Computer Science.

Michael Gurstein is the director of the Center for Community Informatics Research, Training, and Development in Vancouver.

Graham Longford has been a research fellow and coinvestigator for CRACIN and CWIRP.

Marita Moll is a researcher and freelance writer who writes about telecommunications policy and community networking in Canada.

Leslie Regan Shade s an associate professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and during the CRACIN research at the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University.



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Download1. Connecting Canadians?
Community Informatics Perspectives on Community Networking Initiatives
Graham Longford, Andrew Clement, Michael Gurstein, Leslie Regan Shade

Part I.  Context

Download2. Toward a Conceptual Framework for a Community Informatics
Michael Gurstein

Download3. Keeping in Touch
A Snapshot of Canadian Community Networks and Their Users — Report on the CRACIN Survey
of Community Network Users
Marita Moll, Melissa Fritz

Download4. Canadian and US Broadband Policies
A Comparative Analysis
Heather E. Hudson

Part II.  Conceptual Frameworks

Download5. Information Technology as Political Catalyst
From Technological Innovation to the Promotion of Social Change
Serge Proulx

Download6. “The Researcher Is a Girl”
Tales of Bringing Feminist Labour Perspectives into Community Informatics Practice and Evaluation
Katrina Peddle, Alison Powell, Leslie Regan Shade

เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์Download7. What Are Community Networks an Example Of?
A Response
Christian Sandvig

Part III.  Community Innovation I: Participation and Inclusion

Download8. Systems Development in a Community-Based Organization
Lessons from the St. Christopher House Community Learning Network
Susan MacDonald, Andrew Clement

Download9. Vancouver Community Network as a Site of Digital and Social Inclusion
Diane Dechief

Part IV.  Community Innovation II: Wireless Networking

Download10. Community and Municipal Wi-Fi Initiatives in Canada
Evolutions in Community Participation
Alison Powell, Leslie Regan Shade

Download11. Wi-Fi Publics
Defining Community and Technology at Montréal’s ?le Sans Fil
Alison Powell

Download12. Wireless Broadband from Individual Backhaul to Community Service
Co-operative Provision and Related Models of Local Signal Access
Matthew Wong

Part V.  Rural and Remote Broadband

Download13. “We Were on the Outside Looking In” — A First Nations Online Social Environment in Northern Ontario
Brandi L. Bell, Philipp Budka, Adam Fiser

Download14. A Historical Account of the Kuh-ke-nah Network
Broadband Deployment in a Remote Canadian Aboriginal Telecommunications Context
Adam Fiser, Andrew Clement

Download15. Atlantic Canadian Community Informatics
The Case of the WVDA and SmartLabrador
Katrina Peddle

Download16. Reverse English
Strategies of the Keewatin Career Development Corporation in Discourse Surrounding
the Knowledge-Based Economy and Society
Frank Winter

Part VI.  Libraries and Community Networks

Download17. Community Networks and Local Libraries
Strengthening Ties with Communities
Nadia Caidi, Susan MacDonald, Elise Chien

Download18. The Library Ideal and the Community Network
Prospects for New Technologies in the Public Library
Marco Adria

Part VII.  Public Policy

Download19. Community Networking Experiences with Government Funding Programs
Service Delivery Model or Sustainable Social Innovation?
Susan MacDonald, Graham Longford, Andrew Clement

Download20. Communautique
Action and Advocacy for Universal Digital Access
Nicolas Lecomte, Serge Proulx

Download21. There and Back to the Future Again
Community Networks and Telecom Policy Reform in Canada, 1995–2010
Graham Longford, Marita Moll, Leslie Regan Shade

DownloadAppendix A.
Community Partners and Case Study Sites
Graham Longford

DownloadAppendix B.
A Brief History of the Community Access Program: From Community Economic Development
to Social Cohesion to Digital Divide
Marita Moll

DownloadAppendix C.
The Federal Connecting Canadians Initiative, 1995–2007: A Brief Overview
Graham Longford, Marita Moll


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