Community network development: A dialectical view

Murali Venkatesh, Donghee Shin

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Abstract

Drawing on an ongoing longitudinal research study, we discuss problems in the development of Urban-net, a next generation community network in a city in central New York. The project was funded under a state program to diffuse broadband technologies in economically depressed areas of the state. The network is technologically complex and entails high costs for subscribers. The political economy of the development process has biased the subscriber base toward the resource rich and away from the resource poor, and toward uses like intra-organizational connectivity and Internet access and away from community-oriented uses as originally envisaged. These trends raise troubling questions about network ontology and function, and about the relation between the network and its physical host community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDigital Cities II
Subtitle of host publicationComputational and Sociological Approaches - 2nd Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, Revised Papers
EditorsPeter van den Besselaar, Makoto Tanabe, Toru Ishida, Peter van den Besselaar
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages177-190
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)3540439633, 9783540439639
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Event2nd Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, 2001 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Oct 18 2001Oct 20 2001

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume2362
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other2nd Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, 2001
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period10/18/0110/20/01

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Venkatesh, M., & Shin, D. (2002). Community network development: A dialectical view. In P. van den Besselaar, M. Tanabe, T. Ishida, & P. van den Besselaar (Eds.), Digital Cities II: Computational and Sociological Approaches - 2nd Kyoto Workshop on Digital Cities, Revised Papers (pp. 177-190). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 2362). Springer Verlag.