Community Democracy Online: A Preliminary Report from East Palo Alto

American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, 2002

28 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2013 Last revised: 13 Feb 2013

Todd Davies

Stanford University - Symbolic Systems Program; Center for the Study of Language and Information

Benjamin Sywulka

Stanford University

Randy Saffold

California State University, East Bay, Student Union

Roma Jhaveri

Stanford University

Date Written: August 31, 2002

Abstract

This paper reports on the first year of a research collaboration between Stanford University's Symbolic Systems Program and the East Palo Alto Community Network. We are exploring whether and how the Internet can enhance the participation of East Palo Alto residents in community decision making. We aim to apply knowledge of the political and social environment in East Palo Alto, as well as results from community network and electronic democracy projects elsewhere, to the development of an online environment for expanding community democracy. We report on our experiences and study of East Palo Alto, and their implications for future design and intervention using Internet tools.

Keywords: communities and technologies, digital divide, e-democracy

Suggested Citation

Davies, Todd and Sywulka, Benjamin and Saffold, Randy and Jhaveri, Roma, Community Democracy Online: A Preliminary Report from East Palo Alto (August 31, 2002). American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213110

Todd R. Davies (Contact Author)

Stanford University - Symbolic Systems Program ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-2150
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.stanford.edu/~davies

Center for the Study of Language and Information ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-4115
United States

Benjamin Sywulka

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Randy Saffold

California State University, East Bay, Student Union ( email )

25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542
United States
510.885.2466 (Phone)

Roma Jhaveri

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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