Community and Inclusion: The Impact of New Communications Technologies

  title={Community and Inclusion: The Impact of New Communications Technologies},
  author={Lee Komito},
  journal={Irish Journal of Sociology},
  pages={77 - 96}
  • Lee Komito
  • Published 1 December 2007
  • Political Science
  • Irish Journal of Sociology
Can new information and communications technologies increase citizen participation in civic life and promote community development? Worldwide studies of community information systems demonstrate that new technologies can enhance the effectiveness of activists. However, there has been little evidence that they bring in new participants. This article argues that e-government systems can, if properly designed and implemented, involve citizens who have not previously been active in local community… Expand
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