Citizen Empowerment and Participation

Citizen Empowerment and Participation

Sylvie Albert (Laurentian University, Canada), Don Flournoy (Ohio University, USA) and Rolland LeBrasseur (Laurentian University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 30
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-771-3.ch008
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Abstract

This chapter on citizen empowerment and public participation explores the following ideas and assumptions: • Internet collaboration and creation make possible global workforces and marketplaces that reach into every nation and community; • Community members fortunate enough to have broadband access and the skills to use them can form social and business partnerships that assure their needs are met faster and more effectively; • Democratizing production and distribution, and connecting supply and demand are the forté of the broadband Internet; • Even though a severe access gap keeps many citizens of the world from fully participating, user-generated traffic will continue to grow exponentially as two-way telecommunication networks become a basic utility at the community level; • Strategies are needed for benchmarking, measurement and evaluation of citizen empowerment and participation that demonstrate the extent to which communities benefit.

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Preface
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
Chapter 1
The Network Society  (pages 1-34)
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This book emphasizes the centrality of the human condition—those things that make individuals and communities uniquely human—in our vision of the... Sample PDF
The Network Society
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Chapter 2
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This chapter pursues the following themes: • The extent to which telecommunications technology can serve as a platform for economic and social... Sample PDF
The Technological Basis of Networking
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Chapter 3
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
This chapter examines the following ideas on regulation and public policy: • Information societies are enabled by regulations and public policies... Sample PDF
Regulation and Policy Reforms
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Chapter 4
Knowledge Workforce  (pages 104-128)
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
This chapter focuses on knowledge workers—who they are and what they do, and the impact they have on organisations and communities in the Network... Sample PDF
Knowledge Workforce
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Chapter 5
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Chapters I to IV have introduced the networked community and described its environment in terms of the Network Society, technology... Sample PDF
Creating Applications and a Culture of Using
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Chapter 6
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The global environment has become more turbulent, and innovations in telecommunication and information processing are both part of this turbulence... Sample PDF
Innovation: Creating Ideas
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Chapter 7
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The transformational changes brought about by the Internet stimulate the planning of social and economic development in networked communities. This... Sample PDF
Strategies for Community Development
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Chapter 8
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This chapter on citizen empowerment and public participation explores the following ideas and assumptions: • Internet collaboration and creation... Sample PDF
Citizen Empowerment and Participation
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Chapter 9
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This chapter discusses several basic elements of leadership and collaboration in building networked communities. It includes: • The context for... Sample PDF
Leadership and Collaboration
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Chapter 10
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This chapter introduces the concept of marketing and explores its relevance for networked communities. The specific topics include: • An... Sample PDF
Promotion and Relationship Marketing
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Chapter 11
Conclusion  (pages 303-311)
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A new set of conditions for healthy growth and adaptation is emerging for 21st century communities. This book has sought to explain what some of... Sample PDF
Conclusion
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