Community informatics is an emerging, interdisciplinary field concerned with the development, deployment and management of information systems designed with and by communities to solve their own problems. From academic and policy-making perspectives, community informatics is now concerned with developing a coherent theory and methodology drawn from a now significant history of projects and the ever-increasing efforts to use information and communication technologies to solve lifecritical community problems. Community informatics might be considered analogous to the wellestablished discipline of management information systems (MIS), where the former is tailored to the unique requirements of communities and the critical problems they pose for developers of information systems. These requirements and problems are significantly different from those faced in MIS, thereby warranting a unique disciplinary focus. The goals of this paper are to: motivate the need for a community informatics in the context o
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