Background: One of the key tensions to emerge from research on community owned and operated information and communications technology networks ("community networks") is why some networks flourish while others fail. Analysis: These findings are based on interviews with 15 community network participants from four rural community networks in Córdoba, Argentina. Community network longevity is shaped by practices of scaffolding-knowledge sharing practices that expand what Etienne Wenger describes as "fields of negotiability" within communities of practice. Conclusion and implications: Network longevity was supported by scaffolding practices that decentralized technical capacities while encouraging deeper involvement among network participants. The network wisdom demonstrated in these cases appears to offer a promising strategy for community networks struggling to achieve longevity.
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Communication|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
- communities of practice
- community networks
- fields of negotiability