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Prato CIRN-DIAC Conference 2010


Vision and Reality in Community Informatics

CIRN -DIAC Conference: Prato, Italy 27-29 October 2010
coordinated by:
Centre for Community Networking Research,Monash University,
Information School,University of Washington
Public Sphere Project Evergreen State College

Prato 2010 Proceedings

Call for Participation

We are seeking submissions from academics, practitioners and PhD students for a conference at the Monash University Centre, Prato Italy (near Florence). The Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash, in conjunction with the Community Informatics Research Network, has held many highly successful events since 2003 in Prato, as well as associated workshops over the years, in the UK, France, and Portugal.

The Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC)conference has been convened approximately every other year since 1987. Originally sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR) and now by the Public Sphere Project, the conference has always addressed the intersection of social and the technological spheres. Five books and two special sections the Communications of the ACM have been published based on DIAC conferences. This year, we are pleased to note that the DIAC conference is combining forces with CIRN to convene another informative and convivial conference in Prato!

The conference has an increasing representation of delegates from Francophone and Spanish-speaking countries, and we welcome your attendance. While the official conference language is English, if there are sufficient papers for either language, specific sessions will be arranged.
The Prato campus provides an exceptional environment for academics, students, practitioners or policy-makers to exchange ideas. We emphasize participatory processes in the conference. The Centre is just off the main piazza of a small Tuscan town and is close to Italian transport hubs.

The Unexpected

Community Informatics, like many other areas of social intervention and development, deals with the real world, which in spite of all the effort put into planning and thinking about how things are meant to happen, things never quite work out as they planned. Dealing with the unexpected is well known, recognised, and even expected in business enterprises, but often, in community settings, the unexpected is seen as risky, and sometimes, even evidence of failure.

Community Informatics is the theory and practice of empowering communities with information and communication technologies. There is a widespread expectation that Community Informatics will cultivate civic intelligence, enhance democracy, develop social capital, build communities, spur economies and empower individuals and groups, and result in many different forms of positive social change. Community Informatics, in bringing together communities and technologies, works across at least three dimensions, though there may be others which are relevant

The unexpected or unanticipated is sometimes the most valuable thing to come out of work with a community, and being able use that innovation is of great importance to communities, designers, researchers, and other concerned parties.What are remarkable examples of unexpected or unanticipated outcomes?

We seek papers and presentations from practitioners, policy-makers, PhD students, academics, artists, and journalists that fit within these three broad streams. If you believe that you have a paper or presentation that is outside the main themes or streams, but it still be of interest to the community informatics community, please submit it for consideration. Some questions to consider:

Planning CI: making room for the unexpected

Implementing CI: expecting the unexpected

Evaluating CI: learning from the unexpected

Conference Chairs

Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington
Graeme Johanson, Monash University
Larry Stillman, Monash University

Program Chairs

Ricardo Gomez, University of Washington
Douglas Schuler, The Public Sphere Project, The Evergreen State College
Larry Stillman, Monash University

Program Committee (partial)

Aldo de Moor, CommunitySense, Netherlands
Peter Day, University of Brighton, UK
Fiorella de Cindio, University of Milan, Italy
Serge Agostinelli, LSIS Faculté des Sciences et Techniques de Saint-Jérôme, France
Mike Arnold, University of Melbourne, Australia
Ann Bishop, Univ. of Illinois, USA
Gunilla Bradley, Royal Institute of Tech., Sweden
Wallace Chigona, Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa
Barbara Craig, Victoria Univ. of Wellington, NZ
Tom Denison, Monash University, Australia
Vesna Dolnicar, University of Lubljana
Alison Elliot, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Manuela Farinosi, University of Udine, Italy
Phil Fawcet Microsoft Research/University of Washington, USA
Leopoldina Fortunati, University of Udine, Italy
Marlien Herselman, Meraka Institute, CSIR, South Africa
Sarai Lastra, Turabo Univ., Puerto Rico
Mike Martin, University of Newcastle, UK
William McIver, Jr, National Research Council Canada
Marie Ouvrard, Laboratoire des Sciences d'Information et des Systèmes, Marseilles, France
Justin Smith, Washington State University, USA
Eduardo Villanueva Mansilla,Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Steve Thompson, Teesside University, UK
Will Tibben, University of Wollongong, Australia
Janet Toland, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
Emiliano Trere, Univ. of Udine, Italy
Gilson Schwartz, Univ. São Paulo, Brazil
Jacques Steyn, Monash Univ., South Africa
Andy Williamson, Hansard Society, UK
Martin Wolske, University of Illinois, USA


Centre for Networking Research, Monash University

Information School University of Washington

The Public Sphere Peoject

Turabo University, Puerto Rico

University of Illinois Graduate Achool of Library and Information Science


Tales of the Unexpected, Fair Use. Wikipedia Commons: .
Other images, Larry Stillman, Theresa Ma