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The two hands of Web2forDev: a conference summary (PLA 59)

Chris Addison

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Chris Addison describes how the concept of Web2forDev can be visualised as an image of two hands. The left hand represents the main Web 2.0 tools. The right hand represents the issues we need to address when using them, considering people, access, participation, content, and impact. Based on the reflections of the Web2forDev conference participants, Chris discusses issues such as access and connectivity, the 'scale of change' as new tools are developed – and how approaches to using Web 2.0 need to be interdisciplinary.

Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board. See: www.planotes.org

Article in: PLA 59. Guest editors: Holly Ashley, Jon Corbett, Ben Garside and Giacomo Rambaldi. Published by IIED and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA).

Keywords: Web 2.0, Web2forDev, ICT, ICT4D, mobile, Internet.

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