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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32415

Title: The Vancouver Community Network, Social Investing and Public Good Models of ICT Development
Authors: Bodnar, Chris
Keywords: Vancouver Community Network
Community Access Program
Digital Divide
Social Entrepreneurship
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking
Citation: Bodnar, Chris (2005). "The Vancouver Community Network, Social Investing and Public Good Models of ICT Development," CRACIN Working Paper No. 9, November 2005, Toronto: Canadian Research Alliance for Community Innovation and Networking.
Series/Report no.: CRACIN Working Paper
Abstract: The role of community networks and, more generally, public Internet access points in Canada are at a turning point. Research assessing the sustainability of community access to technology suggests that the long-term viability of such initiatives has not been addressed. To punctuate this, the Canadian Federal government has “sunset” the Community Access Program that provided funding for hardware to community-based organizations for the purpose of offering public access sites to the Internet. Of 10,000 CAP sites funded by Industry Canada as part of its Connecting Canadians initiative to make Canada the “most connected nation” and to reduce the “digital divide”, only 40 percent remain in operation. This paper attempts to link discussions of community access to ICTs to more general discussions of sustainability in the non-profit community and the viability of public good models of ICT development. In particular, I address the concepts of public goods and social entrepreneurship and their relationship to exploring new means of funding for non-profit organizations while addressing social service needs within a given community. As a particular example of the link between notions of social entrepreneurship and community access to ICTs, I examine the Vancouver Community Network’s recent investigation of possible for-profit service models to diversify the organization’s revenue stream in light of reductions in government funding.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32415
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