Open content creation : the issues of voice and the challenges of listening

Tacchi, Jo A. (2010) Open content creation : the issues of voice and the challenges of listening. In Open Development : Technological, Organizational and Social Innovations Transforming the Developing World, 6-7 May 2010, Ottawa.

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This paper examines the proposition that increased ability to have a voice and be listened to, through ‘open ICT4D’ and ‘open content creation’ can be an effective mechanism for development. The paper discusses empirical work that strongly indicates that this only happens when voice is appropriately valued in the development process. Having a voice in development processes are less effective when participation is limited. Open ICT allows for more and more voices to be heard, but it is open ICT4D that has the obligation to ensure voices are listened to. In the paper I first explore participatory development and the idea of open ICT4D before elaborating on issues of voice and thinking about voice as process, and voice as value. Research findings are presented from research that experimented with participatory (or open) content creation, discussed in relation to notions of openness and voice. I then consider the challenges of listening, before drawing some conclusions about opening up ICT4D research.

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ID Code: 31025
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ICT4D, Voice, Listening, Development, Media, content creation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Jo Tacchi
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2010 22:40
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:22

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