The 16th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2013) took place February 23-27 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. CSCW is the premier venue for presenting research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks.
ABSTRACT: Humanity Road is a volunteer organization working within the domain of disaster response. The organization is entirely virtual, relying on ICT to both organize and execute its work of helping to inform the public on how to survive after disaster events. This paper follows the trajectory of Humanity Road from an emergent group to a formal non – profit, considering how its articulation, conduct and products of work together express its identity and purpose, which include aspirations of relating to and changing the larger ecosystem of emergency response. Through excerpts of its communications, we consider how the organization makes changes in order to sustain itself in rapid – response work supported in large part by episodic influxes of volunteers . This case enlightens discussion about technology – supported civic participation, and the means by which dedicated long – term commitment to the civic sphere is mobilized. Click on the image to read the full paper [pdf].