Friday, January 13, 2006

How should people from the digital haves write Social Software for the digital have-nots?

Ethan Zuckerman poses more questions:
In designing the tools to enable communities, are we thinking about the
full spectrum of people we'd like to use these tools? Are we helping people join
our dialogues, or are we content to keep them out? If we are committed to the
long, hard project of ensuring that the whole world has a chance to participate
in our conversation, there's a chance that emergent democracy can be a force in
emerging democracies. If not, we help ensure that the community phenomena that
have developed around social software won't extend to the people who could be
most positively affected by this technology. Read the antecedent statements.

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