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Community Cases

Communities use technology and information in many ways.  Sometime technology creates new opportunities for learning, innovation, economic development, entertainment, and improved well being.  Other times, technology and information create challenges to communities ongoing viability.  Being able to imagine the ways (good and bad) that technology and information can affect communities is a critical starting point for effectively using them.

The following are examples of communities (broadly defined) that have thoughtfully engaged technology and information in interesting ways.

  • Encyclopedia of Life – A curation community seeking make information about all the worlds species globally accessible.
  • Suruí – An indigenous community in Brazil which is actively using high-tech tools (Google Earth, GPS, etc.) to promote, police, and maintain their territory.