11.423 Information and Communication Technologies in Community Development

As taught in: Spring 2004

Hands pointing to areas on a map.

Participatory mapping workshop. (Photo courtesy of Lorlene Hoyt.)




Prof. Langley Keyes

Prof. Lorlene Hoyt

Course Features

Course Description

This practicum subject integrates theory and practice through the design, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive community information infrastructure that promotes democratic involvement and informs community development projects. Students work with Lawrence Community Works, Inc. to involve constituents and generate solutions to an important planning problem in the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Final project presentations take place in a public forum, and serve to inform future development of the information infrastructure. Subject begins with an overview of the digital divide, e-government, public participation GIS, and neighborhood information systems. Subject includes a reflection component and a deliberate investigation of race, class, and gender dynamics.