Critical Questions for Community Informatics in Practice

  • Martin Wolske University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • Colin Rhinesmith Simmons College
Keywords: Ethics, Practice, Community Informatics, Critical Perspective


Randy Stoecker noted in 2005 that CI remains underdeveloped as a field of practice as long as it does not have its own set of ethical guidelines. While Averweg & O’Donnell published a researcher-focused set of guidelines in 2007, a full-scale work for CI practice has not yet been completed. Workshops employing a range of collaborative techniques have been held at the last three Community Informatics Research Network conferences, identifying perspectives and ideas from attendees regarding ethical CI practice and guiding critical questions. This paper is published as a means to widen the audience reviewing and commenting on these.

Author Biographies

Martin Wolske, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer

Center for Digital Inclusion

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Colin Rhinesmith, Simmons College

Senior Lecturer

School of Library and Information Sciences