Communities, Learning and Democracy in the Digital Age

  • Lynette Kvasny
  • Nancy Kranich
  • Jorge Reina Schement
Keywords: Civic Engagement, Democracy, Libraries, Digital Divide, Access, Learning, Information Networks


Access to information networks constitutes the essential tool for enabling citizens to participate in the economic, political, and social life of their communities; and, as such, forms the basis of participatory democracy. This paper presents and examines four components of access to telecommunications services: context, connectivity, capability, and content.
How to Cite
Kvasny, L., Kranich, N., & Schement, J. (2006). Communities, Learning and Democracy in the Digital Age. The Journal of Community Informatics, 2(2). Retrieved from
Special Section on Learning in Communities