Mizuko Ito

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Collaboration has long been of considerable interest to both designers and researchers in the CHI and CSCW communities. This paper contributes to this discussion by proposing the concept of network communities as a new genre of collaboration for this discussion. Network communities are robust and persistent communities based on a sense of locality that(More)
With the explosion of participation on the Internet, there is increasing interest and speculation in extending its' uses to support diverse online communities, and particular interest in using the Internet to combat loneliness and isolation amongst senior citizens For the past year, we have been investigating SeniorNet (SN), a 12 year old organization that(More)
The most recent edition of the annual "Falling Through the Net" report from the U.S. Department of Commerce says that people aged 50 and older are among those groups who are least likely to be Internet users [1 ]. While we might question whether demographic categories are the most useful way to track Internet use, it's clear that these categories are(More)
Designers of Internet applications and those helping others learn about the net need to understand the problems Internet newcomers face as they encounter the idiosyncratic structures that organize the networked world. As part of an ethnographic study of SeniorNet, an organization that helps seniors learn to use computers, we explore early encounters with(More)
We conducted an ethnographic study of SeniorNet, an organization focused on helping seniors gain access to computing technology. Our research examines the social and cultural context of access to computing, with a particular focus on the role of community. Our study of SeniorNet has helped us understand the nature of seniors as a group, as we have immersed(More)
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