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Analyzing the Factors Influencing the Successful Design and Uptake of Interactive Systems to Support Social Networks in Urban Neighborhoods

Foth, Marcus (2006) Analyzing the Factors Influencing the Successful Design and Uptake of Interactive Systems to Support Social Networks in Urban Neighborhoods. International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 2(2), pp. 65-79.

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Abstract

In urban residential environments in Australia and other developed countries, internet access is on the verge of becoming a ubiquitous utility like gas or electricity. From an urban sociology and community informatics perspective, this paper discusses new emerging social formations of urban residents that are based on networked individualism and the potential of internet-based systems to support them. It proposes that one of the main reasons for the disappearance or non-existence of urban residential communities is a lack of appropriate opportunities and instruments to encourage and support local interaction in urban neighbourhoods. The paper challenges the view that a mere re-appropriation of applications used to support dispersed virtual communities is adequate to meet the place and proximity-based design requirements that community networks in urban neighbourhoods pose. It argues that the key factors influencing the successful design and uptake of interactive systems to support social networks in urban neighbourhoods include the swarming social behaviour of urban dwellers, the dynamics of their existing communicative ecology, and the serendipitous, voluntary and place-based quality of interaction between residents on the basis of choice, like-mindedness, mutual interest and support needs. Drawing on an analysis of these factors, the conceptual design framework of a prototype system – the ‘urban tribe incubator’ – is presented.

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ID Code: 1912
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This journal article has been reprinted as: Foth, M. (2009). Analyzing the Factors Influencing the Successful Design and Uptake of Interactive Systems to Support Social Networks in Urban Neighborhoods. In C. Ang & P. Zaphiris (Eds.), Human Computer Interaction: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 589-604). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. ISBN 978-1-60566-052-3.
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Keywords: community networks, community informatics, networked individualism, social networks, urban neighbourhoods
DOI: 10.4018/jthi.2006040104
ISSN: 1548-3916
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Idea Group Inc. (IGI Global)
Copyright Statement: This paper appears in the International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction edited by Bernd Carsten Stahl. Copyright 2006, IGI Global, www.igi-pub.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 09:20

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