Connecting Canadians examines the role of communityinformatics, or community-based ICT initiatives, in this process oftransition. The Community Research Alliance for Community Innovationand Networking (CRACIN) set out to study how civil societygroups—in locations ranging from Vancouver to Labrador and fromremote Northern communities to Toronto and Montréal—sought toenable local communities to develop on their own terms within thebroader context of federal and provincial policies and programs.Drawing on diverse theoretical perspectives, from sociology to libraryand information sciences to women’s studies, the essays not onlydocument specific local initiatives but analyze the overall trajectoryof the government’s vision of a digitally inclusive Canada.
Andrew Clement is a professor in the Faculty ofInformation at the University of Toronto, with a status appointment inthe Department of Computer Science. Michael Gursteinis the director of the Center for Community Informatics Research,Training, and Development in Vancouver. GrahamLongford has been a research fellow and coinvestigator forCRACIN and the Community Wireless Infrastructure Research Project.Marita Moll is a lecturer at Carleton University and aresearch associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.Leslie Regan Shade is an associate professor in theDepartment of Communication Studies at Concordia University.