Local Ownership, Exercise of Ownership and Moving from Passive to Active Entitlement: A practice-led inquiry on a rural community network

  • Carlos Rey-Moreno Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape
  • Amalia G. Sabiescu Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University
  • Masbulele J. Siya Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape
  • William D. Tucker Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape
Keywords: community networks, local ownership, ownership building

Abstract

This paper examines the build up of local ownership in an externally-initiated community network in rural South Africa. Based on this analysis, and in constant dialogue with the community informatics and social science literatures, the paper makes two contributions. First, it clarifies the meaning of the concept, and shows how it relates to other key concepts in community informatics scholarship. Second, it provides an outline of the factors found to be positively correlated with the build up of ownership, elicited from the analysis of the design and deployment of a rural community network.

Author Biographies

Carlos Rey-Moreno, Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape
Carlos Rey-Moreno is PhD Student at the Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Amalia G. Sabiescu, Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University
Amalia G. Sabiescu is a Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University, United Kingdom.
Masbulele J. Siya, Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape
Masbulele J. Siya is Project Technician at the Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
William D. Tucker, Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape
William D. Tucker is Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Published
2015-06-07
How to Cite
Rey-Moreno, C., Sabiescu, A., Siya, M., & Tucker, W. (2015). Local Ownership, Exercise of Ownership and Moving from Passive to Active Entitlement: A practice-led inquiry on a rural community network. The Journal of Community Informatics, 11(2). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1201