New Forms of Community Access

Tacchi, Jo A. (2006) New Forms of Community Access. In UNESCO IPDC/IFAP Joint Thematic debate: Giving Voice to Local Communities: from Community radio to Blogs, 22 March 2006, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.


UNESCO advocates the concept of ‘knowledge societies’ which are ‘about capabilities to identify, produce, disseminate and use information to build and apply knowledge for human development’ (UNESCO 2005, p.191). The concept of knowledge societies as promoted by UNESCO encompasses plurality, inclusion, solidarity and participation and is based on certain principles, including freedom of expression and the universal access to information and knowledge. But, when many of those we wish to include in knowledge societies do not have access or effective use - how do you integrate new ICTs into communities? Does effective integration mean more than simply providing training in computing and allowing people to use the internet to access information from elsewhere? If so, can they be integrated in ways that prioritise local content creation (at the community level)? Can they be used to enable people to find their voice and, importantly, to be heard?

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ID Code: 3860
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ICTs, development, poverty reduction, new media, voice, community media, access
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 31 May 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:31

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