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Digital Infrastructures

Project Leader Project Co-leader
Catherine Middleton
Ryerson University
Barry Wellman
University of Toronto

Quality of life can be greatly enhanced when digital media build and sustain a “networked society”. Three challenges exist: Canadians must understand what infrastructure is needed and they must have access to it; they must have capacity for, and interest in, using digital media to engage each other and support economic activities; and they must understand the social implications (positive and negative) of living and working in a networked society.

Four distinct studies conducted by this project consider various ways in which digital infrastructures are developed, created and taken up by individuals and within organizations and communities for mobile and fixed access to content and services. 

DINS will provide a better understanding of the continued evolution of Canada as a networked society and its relationship to the global network.