Localize-It: Co-designing a Community-Owned Platform

Lorini, M R and Densmore, M and Johnson, D and Hadzic, S and Mthoko, H and Manuel, G and Waries, M and van Zyl, A (2018) Localize-It: Co-designing a Community-Owned Platform, Proceedings of International Development Informatics Association Conference (IDIA), 23-24 August 2018, Pretoria, South Africa, 933, 243-257, Springer, Cham.

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One of the most difficult, yet undocumented, aspects of information and communications technologies and development (ICTD) projects is that of establishing partnerships around which researchers’ interventions will develop, be tested and grow. Constraints on timing and funding usually lead to short-term projects, in which benefits are biased towards researchers rather than the partner community. In order to avoid empty and unethical promises and to increase the potential benefit for the community, we consider the process of developing participatory partnerships in ICTD projects. The objective is to make the project community owned, allowing the participants to develop what they value as important. Using the case of a township-based wireless community content sharing network, we describe the potential and some of the challenges with this approach. The paper highlights building blocks, such as ethical behaviour and trust, to avoid recreating the dichotomy between research and practice, and building a constructive collaboration.

Item Type: Conference paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICTD, Partnership, Community Wireless, Ownership.
Subjects: Applied computing > Law, social and behavioral sciences
Social and professional topics
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:31
URI: http://pubs.cs.uct.ac.za/id/eprint/1328

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