Choosing the right allies for critical computing

A Dearden, S Walker, L Watts, O W Bertelsen (Editor), N O Bouvin (Editor), P G Krogh (Editor), M Kyng (Editor)

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In this paper, we argue firstly that researchers in critical computing should address the specific information and communication technology (ICT) needs and activities of those agencies concerned with emancipatory issues. Secondly, we argue that a critical perspective, explicitly foregrounding empowerment and emancipatory concerns, forms a basis for emphasising the practice of individuals, groups and organisations, rather than purely focusing on organisational form in social action.We discuss this context of social action, identifying some relevant ICT-related challenges. We identify three themes that highlight factors that differentiate ICT support for social action groups from the setting of conventional business and service organisations: Free / Libre Open-Source Software, techniques and technologies for engagement through storytelling, and learning and evaluation in social action.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005
EventProceedings of the 4th decennial conference on critical computing - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 1 Aug 2005 → …


ConferenceProceedings of the 4th decennial conference on critical computing
Period1/08/05 → …


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