California Communities Get Their Policy On:
Sacramento Day, 2003
Community Technology Sacramento Day Brings
Over 100 to Capital
By Maricela Carlos
Community Technology advocates
Kenneth Wyrick, James Lau,
George Gundrey, Sharon A. Chabran, Vivian C. Tanamachi, Anne
Davis, Linda Fowells, Wendy Lazarus, Maricela Carlos, and
Richard Chabran bring the message to Sacramento.
On March 25, 2003, over 100 energetic individuals clad in
bright yellow shirts descended on the California state capital
as participants in Community Technology Sacramento Day. These
yellow-shirted activists were community technology leaders
and supporters of all ages, who came from all over the state
to take part in the exciting policy making process.
Community Technology For the Global Community
Other side of the Divide
By Barry C. Tavlin
How often do you open your e-mail inbox and groan at the
onslaught of messages demanding your attention? What if I
told you that your ever-growing inbox is evidence of a significant
shift that is taking place in the world, and that you are
a part of it? And what if I told you that this shift is a
critical reason why we must bridge the digital divide and
must strengthen community technology?
CTCNet Conference June 27-29 in Washington,
Conference Promises to be Biggest Yet
By Stephen Quinn and John Zoltner
This June 27-29th in Washington, DC, Community Technology
Centers' Network (CTCNet) will welcome over 700 professionals
from the community technology field to its 12th Annual Conference,
Creating Our Future: Shaping the Agenda of Community Technology.
Conference attendees will include representatives from a diverse
range of CTCs as well as the nonprofit, government and corporate
sectors, including community technology leaders and practitioners,
policymakers, educators, funders and activists.
Valuable Resource for Nonprofits
Tech Soup Arrives in LA
By Sarah Hawkins
established in the SF Bay area as a valuable resource for
nonprofits, has now established a presence in Los Angeles.
Partnering with the Center
for Nonprofit Management (CNM), TechSoup: Los Angeles
aims to provide the estimated 30,000 nonprofits in the Los
Angeles area with the tech know-how they need to more efficiently
and effectively achieve their missions.
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Inspiring Activism While Teaching Skills
Program at TecsChange
YouthTech: A technology and media empowerment
program at TecsChange
TecsChange - Over Ten Years of "Technology
for Social Change"
By Aram Falsafi and Betsy Rueda Gynn
Imagine a summer or after-school program for high school students
where participants learn technical skills and realize that
they have the power to change society at the same time. Where
they learn to view commercial media with a critical eye and
develop the skills to produce their own media using new media
technology. Where they become active producers versus passive
consumers of the media they are exposed to on a daily basis.
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Cable Franchise Renewal Offers Opportunities
for Community Technology Programs
By James Lau
In Los Angeles, community technology practitioners and supporters
have an opportunity to secure resources for community technology
programs. This opportunity presents itself as all four cable
operators-Adelphia, AOL Time Warner, Comcast, and Charter-renew
their cable franchise agreements with the city.
The Community College Foundation Goes
National with ePassport
The Community College Foundation has created ePassport, a
Smart Card internet-based health and education data tracking
system, to provide a simplified means for youth in foster
care to access and update their records any time and any place.
California Teleconnect Fund Expansion
Offers New Opportunities for Community-Based Organizations
Discounts on Telecommunications
By Linda Fowells and John MacDonald
A recent ruling by the California Public Utilities Commission
(PUC) expanding the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF), that
provides a 50 percent discount on telecommunications services,
will create new opportunities for community-based organizations
to offer affordable access to technology, training and other
resources to individuals in low income communities, according
to the California Community Technology Policy Group (CCTPG)
a coalition of community technology advocates.
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