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Journal Article

Date of this Version

April 1995


Reprinted with permission. Published in Journal of Urban Technology, Volume 3, Issue 1, April 1995, pages 19-28.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Anu Vedantham was affiliated with National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Currently, she is a staff member of the UPenn Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania.


Information technologies are fast becoming an essential part of most sectors of the American economy. Today, more than half of the nation's work force uses computers on the job. Having begun as internal systems in large corporations and universities, computer networks have been embraced by small businesses, individuals, and the non-profit sector. Community organizations have been able to use the new technologies in innovative ways to meet some of the social challenges present in today's inner cities. In the process of adopting these technologies, community organizations have changed the ways they are used and perceived, integrating them into their work in creative and non-traditional ways.



Date Posted: 05 May 2008

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