By Christine Tilley
This paintings develops a theoretical framework for a digital group for individuals with long term, serious mobility disabilities. It proposes recommendations for enforcing a digital neighborhood version in line with person info wishes. The critical subject to emerge from their narratives is how using info and communications expertise (ICT) lets them regain a feeling of regulate. the belief is that the know-how offers suggestions for independence and allows self-empowerment.
- Draws at the author's wide-ranging event of ICT and disability
- Provides useful and practical strategies to real-world problems
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He argues the importance of the community metaphor in providing a tacit theory of economic justice. By this he means that the web may be perceived as a gift exchange economy, one in which millions of authors are giving away intellectual property for the sake of developing a sense of community. Nonetheless, he observes that the word ‘community’ provides a useful metaphor, because it defines the need for community as a social goal. He points out that two very interesting findings emerge from virtual 25 A Sense of Control communities.
1994; Preece, 2000: 27). 31 A Sense of Control Different models of virtual communities ‘Smart communities’ is the response or model from the USA and Canada, while ‘learning cities’ is the British model used to support communities in meeting the challenges of communications technology and the knowledge age. To date, the British model has primarily informed Australian virtual communities. However, Australia can learn much from these two different interpretations of the concept. A study of the two models and their similarities and differences could have far-reaching implications for the development of virtual communities everywhere.
As Schuler sees the role, ideally the mediating institution can articulate needs and wants, promote discussion and awareness on an issue and present a more coherent, more compelling and more feasible case than community members individually could develop. As he points out, because the aims of voluntary associations coincide significantly with the aims of the new community movement, a special effort should be made to develop support of voluntary associations by means of virtual communities. : 138–9).