Critical Mass and Self-Sustaining Activity

Critical Mass and Self-Sustaining Activity

Martin R. Gibbs (The University of Melbourne, Australia), Philippa Wright (The University of Melbourne, Australia) and Michael Arnold (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-575-7.ch024

Abstract

Recent studies of community networks (CNs) have provided optimistic views of the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) to support and enhance community life in various ways, in a variety of urban settings (di Maggio, Hargittai, Neuman & Robinson, 2004; Hampton & Wellman, 2001; Kavanaugh & Patterson, 2001). Consequently, there is growing interest from the community sector and ICT professionals in facilitating the social appropriation of ICT, and a growing interest from academics in the performance and evaluation of CN technologies.

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