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Communities often lack the information and communication infrastructure needed for two critical functions. The first is supporting and sustaining the social networks of clubs, organizations, associations, groups, agencies, families and individual citizens that constitute the structures, organization and activities of community life. The second is enabling effective organization, planning and enactment of local campaigns when threatened from outside. The potential scope for ICT to support, enhance and sustain community communications is immense but effective community networks can only be built through meaningful and mutual partnerships of knowledge exchange. If Community Networks are to emerge as significant components of modern community life, external partners must understand this in context and content. Only then can they contribute in a meaningful way.

Text: Peter Day