The Design and Implementation of Rural Communication Technology Initiatives: Issues and Strategies for Project Planners

The Design and Implementation of Rural Communication Technology Initiatives: Issues and Strategies for Project Planners

Lyn Simpson (Queensland University of Technology, Australia), Leonie Daws (Kihi Consultancies, Australia) and Leanne Wood (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-132-2.ch006
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Abstract

Communication technology initiatives have proved to be an important influence in rural communities in recent years. Our research has demonstrated that such initiatives have far-reaching effects on a community’s formal and informal social networks and, as a result, on its social capital. Given this fact, it is critical that leaders and management committees of community technology projects are aware of the broader social context in which project activities take place, and the potential interactions that can both benefit and damage community social capital. This chapter addresses key issues that have arisen out of a number of major communication technology projects in Queensland, Australia, and draws upon our findings to propose guidelines that will assist project planners with the design and implementation of future communication technology initiatives in the context of regional and rural community development.

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