TitleConsiderations for Implementing Technology to Support Community Radio in Rural Communities
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsMaye L, Robinson S, Pantidi N, Ganea L, Ganea O, Linehan C, McCarthy J
Conference NameProceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Conference LocationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN Number9781450367080
Keywordscommunity media, community radio, rural

Rural communities often lack platforms to support civic engagement and local deliberation. Community radio is intended to facilitate such functions, yet, radio technologies can be expensive and complex to use. To tackle this challenge, low-barrier radio technologies are becoming available. We argue that technology to support civic engagement and local deliberation are important, and design of such platforms must take into consideration specific community needs. We contribute by exploring the needs of three rural European communities. Findings indicate that communities are now distributed beyond place. Platforms for deliberation must include both hyper-local and geographically dispersed populations. Rural values of accountability, reliability and maintaining social harmony are important design considerations. Community radio platforms should support geographically distributed community connections, sharing of health and emergency information, preservation of heritage and as a space for advocacy and civic action.