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November 16, 2005

iCan Project

After Jerz's comments about my living in England today in class, I thought it would be appropriate to leave a few links about the iCan project extensively talked about in Ch 6.

I just thought I would point out that there are a few people who don't believe that the way iCan is set up works all that well. I think people fail to realize (or should I say realise?) that England is a lot smaller than America, so national issues often hit closer to home with citizens. Plus, local issues are a lot less diverse than they are in America. So, it seems some are concerned about the government not realizing that they care a lot of national issues, and think iCan will be used extensively for local ones.

Here are a few links to articles, information, and other sites about iCan:

Here are some blogs regarding it iCan just before its launch:

http://www.headshift.com/archives/000524.cfm

http://www.headshift.com/archives/000678.cfm

Here's a critique on the program from shortly after its launch:

http://www.smartmobs.com/archive/2003/11/25/critiquing_the_.html

This person just seemed to feel it was too hard to navigate:

http://www.samizdata.net/blog/archives/004907.html

I have to remind you these are blogs, so how fair they are etc. might be questionable...but they are citizensí responses to the program. And just my personal response...I have to admit I never even heard of this project and neither have many of my British friends. If it had really worked out wonderfully, I would have thought I would at least have heard of it.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at November 16, 2005 8:58 PM

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Lorin, I found this really interesting. I never heard of it before now. Like you said, I never put into perspective that national issues hit there closer to home. We seem to take things for granted here in America and sometimes see things as not affecting us. For example, Hurricane Katrine in New Orleans didn't really affect Pennsylvania in anyway accept for all of the rain that we got.

Posted by: Andy Lonigro at November 29, 2005 2:20 PM

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