The Internet enables 'virtual communities' to develop globally, linking people around the world who have shared interests. These virtual communities usually take the form of mailing lists, newsgroups and Web discussion forums.
However, the Internet is also being used to enhance local communities - whether urban neighbourhoods or rural villages. This 'community networking' goes beyond online discussion and Web pages to include everything from public access and training to ecommerce and electronic democracy.
Here is an archive of earlier articles. Apologies if links don't work.
Communities of interest, locality and organisation.
Links to online communities - both local and virtual, UK and global.
What are the benefit for your neighbourhood, town or village?
Stories from some of the people who first found inspiration from US networks.
Step by step guidelines, plus articles and links on the practicalities of getting your community online.
During May 1999 Partnerships Online ran workshops in Brighton at the Virtual Festival, and will be working with Sussex Community Internet Project to develop longer-term plans for supporting local projects.
The toolkit section will contain articles, techniques and links to other Internet resources providing help on creating communities online.
If you wish to contribute material on these topics, please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org\