RCM Foundation - Milano Community Network

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The RCM Foundation has been set up as start-up of the Civic Informatics Laboratory (LIC) at the Department of Informatics and Communication of the Università degli Studi di Milano. It was set up in 1998 to sustain, also economically, and manage the Milan Community Network (RCM) and to promote in civil society the aware use of computer mediated communication tools and to foster citizens active participation in the Network Society.

FRCM and LIC cooperate to achieve the following main goals:

  • to design, manage and sustain online environments finalized to support and enhance citizens active participation through public deliberative processes, mainly at the local and urban level. Specific areas of  interests are sustainable development, land management, environment and landscape protection, traffic and mobility, tourism, culture, and health;
  • to reduce the digital divide by developing e-skills for an aware digital-citizenship (virtual communities, social networks, …), in Italy and elsewhere, especially in developing countries;
  • to serve as a center of research and technological, cultural and social innovation, in cooperation with other research institutions, first of all the Civic Networking Laboratory (LIC) of the Università degli Studi di Milano.

Local government organizations (the Region, the Province, and the Chamber of Commerce) and the Università degli Studi di Milano, where RCM maintains its operational headquarters, are charter members. Private citizens, schools, NGOs and non-profit associations can subscribe to become participants (simple members) of the foundation.

Most of FRCM projects run over an open source e-Participation platform (named openDCN) designed and implemented since 2004 by FRC and LIC.  It provides dedicated tools to support participation and deliberation.

The FRCM team includes experts in e-Participation, offline participatory processes and software developers.




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