Connecting Canadians represents the work of the Community Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking (CRACIN), the largest national and international research effort to examine the burgeoning field of community informatics, a cross-disciplinary approach to the mobilization of information and communications technologies (ICT) for community change.
Funded for four years by the SSHRC's Initiative for the New Economy, CRACIN systematically studied a wide variety of Canadian community ICT initiatives, bringing perspectives from sociology, computer science, critical theory, women's studies, library and information sciences, and management studies to bear on networking technologies. A comprehensive thematic account of this in-depth research, Connecting Canadians will be an essential resource for NGOs, governments, the private sector, and multilateral agencies across the globe.
Andrew Clement is a professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, with a cross-over appointment in the Department of Computer Science. Michael Gurstein is the director of the Center for Community Informatics Research, Training, and Development in Vancouver. Graham Longford has been a research fellow and coinvestigator for CRACIN and CWIRP. Marita Moll is a researcher and freelance writer who writes about telecommunications policy and community networking in Canada. Leslie Regan Shade is an associate professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto and during the CRACIN research at the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University.