This special issue has been co-published by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA). There are dozens of emerging interactive web services and applications, sometimes referred to as the ‘participatory’, ‘social’ or ‘read-write’ web, but more commonly known as Web 2.0. Together, they are radically changing the ways we create, share, collaborate and publish digital information through the Internet. These new technical opportunities bring challenges as well as opportunities that we need to understand and grasp. Most of the themed articles are based on presentations made at the the international Web2forDev conference, 25th–27th September 2007 at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy. The conference was the first international event focusing specifically on how Web 2.0 tools could be used to the advantage of Southern development actors, operating in the sectors of agriculture, rural development and natural resource management. The articles in this special issue have been peer-reviewed by members of the Participatory Learning and Action series International Editorial Advisory Board. We are also very grateful to members of the Web2forDev Conference Steering Committee for their comments and reviews.
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