This paper considers the potential of community multimedia centres to support and promote creative ICT literacy and voice. It does so through presenting comparative research findings from eight ICT centres in South Asia. The research uses a methodology that combines ethnographic approaches with action research. It looks at instances of ‘ordinary’ people gaining access to media and ICTs, to create their own local content. As such it describes to some extent the processes of ‘metamorphosis’ involved in ‘citizen’s media’ participants becoming, through these activities, ‘active citizens’. At a point in time when alternative media studies are finding a new relevance and with development communication research facing a crisis in direction, this paper considers research findings emerging from and utilised in community based ICT initiatives across South Asia.
Working Paper 3, Information Society Research Group (ISRG), UK, ISBN 1-921083-05-0, 12 pp.