Towards Place-peer community and civic bandwidth: a case study in community wireless networking

  • Hanna Hye-Na Cho
Keywords: community wireless networks, civic uses of technology, social capital, ethnography,

Abstract

This article presents findings from an ethnographic case study of one urban Community Wireless Networking (CWN) group, Wireless Toronto.  A key purpose of the study was to understand, "what do CWNs have to do with “community”?"  Diverse notions of community were found to be central parts of volunteers' discourse, especially when trying to understand their overall rationale for provisioning free (public) wi-fi.  To this end, the article offers a conceptual framework comprised of ideas related to social capital, community networks, community informatics, and (socially constructed) visions of technology.   In all, the study argues that the social impact of CWNs is both practical and symbolic-ideological.
Published
2008-05-03
How to Cite
Cho, H. (2008). Towards Place-peer community and civic bandwidth: a case study in community wireless networking. The Journal of Community Informatics, 4(1). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/428