What is a Community Network?
A community network is a computer-based electronic network that
provides a wide range of public and community-based information and
services to people in a community for little or no cost. Although not
a requirement, these systems are generally administered by non-profit
groups or governmental agencies. Attention is paid to providing
access to people who traditionally have little or no access to
electronic information and services. Generally community networks are
activist- oriented, and have been established primarily to meet social
needs rather than financial goals. Outreach to and feedback from the
community are vital to the system, offering a participatory medium,
utilizing the principle of many-to-many communications.
For more information about Community Networks, examine the
Community Net-Working page maintained by the Computer Professionals
for Social Responsibility.
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