Policy Press

Neighbourhoods on the net

The nature and impact of internet-based neighbourhood information systems

By Roger Burrows, Nick Ellison and Brian Woods


Aug 17, 2005

Page count

56 pages




297 x 210 mm


Policy Press
Neighbourhoods on the net

How a neighbourhood is viewed can affect the lives of those who live there and the attitudes and behaviour of others towards them. This report examines the increasing use and sophistication of Internet-Based Neighbourhood Information Systems (IBNIS), such as www.upmystreet.co.uk, and considers their potential impact on how neighbourhoods are viewed.

Neighbourhoods on the net:

· provides in-depth analysis of a number of IBNIS both in the UK and US;

· considers their advantages and disadvantages;

· reviews the research literature on IBNIS and compares and contrasts this with the perspectives of a number of key stakeholders involved in their development and use;

· relates the emergence of IBNIS to broader discussions about the impact of the Internet on every day life, particularly in the context of the growing 'digital divide'; and

· points towards a range of possible policy implications.

The report is essential reading for those working on: urban and regeneration policy; the application of information and communication technologies to social policy issues; e-commerce; e-government; and social and public policy more generally.

Roger Burrows is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, Nick Ellison is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Durham and Brian Woods is a Research Fellow in the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) in the Department of Sociology at the University of York.

Neighbourhood images in the information age; New forms of local knowledge?: The emergence of internet-based neighbourhood information systems; Four case studies; Some theoretical perspectives; Key stakeholder perspectives; Conclusions and implications for policy.

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