Community Technology

Community Technology refers to non-profit private and governmental efforts at the local level to extend technology access and literacy to citizens who might not otherwise have such access. Increasingly, designers of these efforts have come to realize that they will only succeed when their projects are aware of and sensitive to the particular, varied cultural contexts in which they take place.

Technical training has minimal impact when divorced from making competent cultural connections, and utilizing local knowledge to enact participatory design deeply involving community members themselves.

A vast array of Community Technology projects can be found all over the nation, and the world. Below are links to some major national resources, and a sampling of regional projects, emphasizing the Pacific Northwest, where CulturalPolitics.net is non-virtually located, as an example (but note that similar local networks exist all over the country).