The two hands of Web2forDev: a conference summary

Author: Addison, Chris

Source: Participatory Learning and Action, Volume 59, Number 1, June 2009 , pp. 21-26(6)

Publisher: IIED - Participatory Learning and Action

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Chris Addison describes how the concept of Web2forDev can be visualised as an image of two hands. The left hand represents the main Web 2.0 tools. The right hand represents the issues we need to address when using them, considering people, access, participation, content, and impact. Based on the reflections of the Web2forDev conference participants, Chris discusses issues such as access and connectivity, the 'scale of change' as new tools are developed – and how approaches to using Web 2.0 need to be interdisciplinary.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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