From Associations To Info-Sociations: Civic Associations And ICT In Two Asian Cities

  • David Sadoway University of Hong Kong
Keywords: ICTs, civil society, civic associations, info-sociations, civic environmentalism, urban & community informatics, Asia, Hong Kong, Taipei


Civic non-profit associations are experimenting with Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) as tools for transforming their work. The hybrid “info-sociation” concept—combining information and association—is introduced here for studying ICT-linked transformations. An info-sociational diagnostic supports comparisons of ICT praxis at civic associations in Hong Kong and Taipei, including transformations in: governance; organizational and participatory practices. These case studies also explore how civic environmentalists are experimenting with ICTs, including: green new media; map mash-ups for urban monitoring; digital storytelling; and e-platforms for public participation. The working diagnostic introduced in this paper serves three ends: 1) studying the shift from associations to info-sociations; 2) comparing civic strategies for ICT uses; and 3) theorizing about the co-evolution of local civic associations and ICTs.

Author Biography

David Sadoway, University of Hong Kong

David Sadoway is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Hong in the Department of Urban Planning & Design (formerly the Centre of Urban Planning & Environmental Management). His current research focus is on urban sustainability, eco-governance and civic environmentalism in Asian cities.

His Bachelor's degree is in Urban Planning (BES, Waterloo) and Master's in Resource & Environmental Management (MRM, Simon Fraser). Besides teaching in universities and colleges, his previous research and work has involved co-management systems, community economic development and urban planning---including stints at universities/colleges in Asia and Canada; with the United Nations in Mongolia; on Northern Vancouver Island, Canada; and with land use planning consultants in Toronto and Vancouver.

How to Cite
Sadoway, D. (2012). From Associations To Info-Sociations: Civic Associations And ICT In Two Asian Cities. The Journal of Community Informatics, 8(3). Retrieved from