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Online Communities: People and Processes

Online Communities: People and Processes
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Author(s): Cecilia Loureiro-Koechlin (Oxford University, UK)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 12
Source title: Systems Thinking and E-Participation: ICT in the Governance of Society
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jose Rodrigo Cordoba-Pachon (University of London, UK) and Alejandro Elias Ochoa-Arias (Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-860-4.ch011

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Abstract

The chapter describes the basic tenets of online communities, their typology and their fundamental elements with a view of informing ways in which people can get to participate online, something that those individuals or organizations dealing with e-governance initiatives also aim at. A key consideration is the importance of socializing as an ingredient that motivates individuals and which can offer them a degree of freedom to discuss government related matters.

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