Towards Understanding IT Needs of Social Activists: The Case of the World Social Forum 2006 Organizing Process

  • Saqib Saeed
  • Markus Rohde
  • Volker Wulf
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 111)


Recent literature has highlighted that most civil society organizations lack IT appropriation in their work practices. There is strong need to focus on this application area to empower these organizations by IT capabilities. As there is not much literature about the specific needs assessment of voulantary organizations, there is a need to carry out ethnographic studies to better understand IT requirements of this sector. In this paper we have investigated the organizing process of the World Social Forum 2006 event in Karachi, Pakistan. World Social Forum is an important gathering of social movements and voulantary organizations across the globe, and organizing such an event requires extensive communication and effective planning skills. The objective of this paper is to highlight the need and importance of this research issue. Our intention is to introduce appropriate technology in the organizing process to facilitate social activists.


Civil Society Social Movement Civil Society Organization Participatory Design Organize Committee 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saqib Saeed
    • 1
  • Markus Rohde
    • 1
  • Volker Wulf
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information Systems and New MediaUniversity of SiegenGermany

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