Prato conferences

This conference brings together academics, practitioners in community and international development informatics as well as community archives. One of the key features of the conferences over the years has been informality and collegiality an a willingness to experiment with new ideas: an attempt to bring together people from many different countries (often 40 or more at an event), including many PhD students.

The first CIRN conference was held in late 2004, following the the Many Voices, Many Places Colloquium at the Monash Centre, Prato, Italy in September 2003. The Monash Centre is ideally suited for a small intimate events. Since then, Prato conferences have been held nearly every year, with other events in Cape Town and Brighton (UK) associated with the CIRN network, as well as associated workshops in Porto, Milton Keynes (Open University) and Montpellier.

2021 19th CIRN Conference 8-12 November 2021, Virtual conference

Community, technology and this moment (PDF, 10.2 MB)

2020 17th CIRN Conference 6-8 November 2019, Monash Centre, Prato, Italy

Virtual Seminar series

2019 17th CIRN Conference 6-8 November 2019, Monash Centre, Prato, Italy

Whose Agenda: Action, Research and Politics (PDF, 6.61 MB)

2018 16th CIRN Conference 24-26 October 2018 Monash Centre, Prato, ITALY

Research, practice, and creative endeavour that aim to shape and influence policy and programs (PDF, 25.57 MB)

2017 15th Prato CIRN Conference 25-27 October 2017, Monash Centre, Prato Italy

Special theme: Art as Archive: Archive as Art & The Imagined Archive

2016 14th Prato CIRN Conference 2-4 November 2016, Monash Centre, Prato Italy

"Engaging with Participation, Activism, and Technologies"

2015 13th Prato CIRN Conference 9-11 November 2015, Monash Centre, Prato Italy

"Privilege, Information, Knowledge & Power: An endless dilemma?"

2014 Prato CIRN Conference, October 13-15 2014, Monash Centre, Prato Italy

"Challenges and Solutions"

2013 CIRN 2013 CONFERENCE, 28-30 October 2013, Monash Centre Prato, Italy

"Nexus, Confluence, and Difference: Community Archives meets Community Informatics"

2012 CIRN 2012 CONFERENCE, 7-9 November 2012, Monash Centre Prato, Italy

"Ideals Meet Reality"

2011 Prato 2011: CIRN CONFERENCE - 9-11 November 2011, Monash Centre Prato, Italy

"To measure or not to measure: that is the question" (attributed to a lost work of William Shakespeare)

Conference Proceedings

2010 CIRN-DIAC Conference 2010

"Tales of the Unexpected: Vision and Reality in Community Informatics"

Prato, Italy 27-29 October 2010

2009 CIRN Conference 2009

"Empowering communities: learning from community informatics practice"

4-6 November 2009 Monash University Prato Centre, Italy

2008 5th Prato Community Informatics & Development Informatics Conference 2008

"ICTs for Social Inclusion: What is the Reality?"

27-30 October 2008, Monash Centre, Prato, Italy

2007 Prato CIRN Conference 2007

"Community Informatics--Prospects For Communities and Action"

Monash Centre, Prato Italy, NOV 5-7 2007

2006 3rd Prato International Community Informatics Conference, 9- 11 October 2006

"Constructing and sharing memory: Community informatics, identity and empowerment"

Conference Purpose

The characteristics of particular technologies have a role in shaping the ways in which memories are reproduced (consider the growth of blogs and wikis as 'instant history'). How do we constitute memory? What is its relationship to formal and informal stories that reside in communities? Is it linked to institutions and structures, or is community informatics supporting a separate public sphere (Habermas)? What is the place and role of community informatics in the development of new means to capture private and public memory?

2004 Prato Colloquium, 2004

"Sustainability and Community Technology: What Does this Mean for Community Informatics?"

CCNR hosted the 2004 Inaugural Conference and Colloquium at the Monash Centre, Prato, Italy, 29 September - 1 October, 2004

2003 CIRN Colloquium (2003)

"Many Voices, Many Places" - Electronically Enabling Communities for An Information Society: A Colloquium Research Results, Lessons Learned, Policy Recommendations

Prato, Italy 15-16 September, 2003

2002 Building Community Conference 2002

5th Community Networking Conference: 3,4,5 July, 2002

Conference proceedings

  • Introductory Essay by Graeme Johanson and Larry Stillman, Centre for Community Networking Research
  • Keynote presentations
  • Refereed paper