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manual:faq

Frequently Asked Questions

Please not that the platform is still under development and many answers describe the future state.

General

What is the meaning of "mycitizen.net"?

Mycitizen.net is a network of and for citizens. The my also stands for Myanmar, which is the country of our pilot deployment.

What makes mycitizen.net special compared to other social media or collaboration platforms?

We developed mycitizen.net because we needed a platform that provides all of the following features:

  • It is simple, intuitive and consistent and it can be used by people who find excessive features and dashboard settings intimidating.
  • It connects people, organizes them in groups, and gives them access to resources. The relevance of items is determined with regards to shared concerns or geographical proximity, rather then newness or popularity. Nothing is less visible only because it is less popular.
  • Users, groups or resources are tagged by the same keywords - representing topics, interests, or issues. This means that tags don't distinguish between searching or offering, thus they facilitate networking for civil society where everyone can link in.
  • Tags are organized on two levels where the more general tags also find the specific ones.
  • The platform can be used with a mobile application where Internet is slow. This app is specially equipped to continue operation as much as possible even if Internet is momentarily unavailable.
  • Users can control the visibility of what they post on the platform (visible to anyone, only to registered members, or totally restricted).
  • The interface can easily be localized to any language (as long as the fonts are available) and every deployment can offer multiple language versions.
  • The software can be installed by a community on their own server so that all data remains with them.
  • It's open source.
  • It's free.1)

Why are mobile apps better in countries with bad Internet connectivity?

When you install a mobile applications on your phone, it contains with the software also all images and layout information that are needed for the user interface. That means that for operation only the required data needs to be sent between the phone and the server.

When you, on the other hand, use a web interface, the browser will also have to download images, the layout of pages, lists and pieces of software that will run in the browser.

This difference makes communication via apps often much more efficient.

Why do you launch your pilot deployment for Myanmar (Burma)?

The project was developed by the non-profit organization Burma Center Prague as a tool to empower civil society inside the country and in exile and to involve it better into the process of shaping their own country's future. Offering the same platform for other communities is actually just a spin-off result.

I have no skills or no server to run my own deployment. Can I still use mycitizen.net?

We plan to offer the platform also as hosted solution that runs on our server.2)

Development

When will mycitizen.net be available for the public?

We tentatively plan to release it in the second half of 2014. See the roadmap for more details.

Is there any chance to get involved?

We need people with interest in using open source software to make a difference, both on a technical level and user level. We seek to establish a group of continuously involved volunteers. You can help develop and maintain the software3), add a translation, provide support to users, host your own deployment, or spread the word.

Please contact us via the forum or by email.

1) …without the users being the commodity that is sold to advertisers.
2) Probably for a fee to finance our operation.
3) Written in PHP based on the Nette Framework.
manual/faq.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/23 00:44 (external edit)