Tech Policy Bank Update -- July 2003
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Those of you interested in technology and organizing may find
these resources of interest.
From: "The Children's Partnership"
<frontdoor at childrenspartnership.org>
Tech Policy Bank has been updated with new materials. In this
installment, we have compiled existing resources and created some new
ones to help increase technology-related opportunities for youth and
******What's New on Techpolicybank.org - July 2003******
Techpolicybank.org offers ideas and information to help decisionmakers
address the Digital Divide (http://www.techpolicybank.org)
Resources from The Children's Partnership (TCP) and Our Partners
Cable Franchise Renewal - The successful renegotiation of local
cable franchise agreements has resulted in new resources for
community technology in cities such as Cleveland
(http://techpolicybank.org/seattledesc.html), and Atlanta
(http://techpolicybank.org/atlantadesc.html). Based upon city
efforts that have both successfully and unsuccessfully addressed
community technology needs, TCP has developed two tip sheets to help
community technology advocates get involved successfully in this
How Community Leaders Can Address Local Technology Needs Through
The City Cable Franchise Renewal: Suggested Steps
(http://www.techpolicybank.org/suggestedsteps.html) - offers steps
and strategies that can be used by community advocates to ensure that
community technology needs are addressed.
Supporting Community Technology Programs Through Cable Franchise
Negotiations: What Policymakers And Advocates Can Ask For
(http://www.techpolicybank.org/cable.html) - suggests services that
can be requested based upon what some cities have been able to obtain
during their cable franchise renewal and what services cable
operators currently offer.
Making an Impact with Policymakers - Community technology advocates
in California and Illinois have gained the attention of policymakers
by organizing a day when community technology advocates and
supporters meet in the state capitol. Participants learned about
advocacy and the policymaking process, met with their elected
officials, and spread the word about the importance of community
technology. Read more about what happened in California
e-Government Online Exchange - Innovative e-Government projects was
the recent topic of discussion on Contentbank's Online Exchange.
During this discussion, participants presented their e-Government
projects, which included setting up "e-gov" centers where local
residents use computer terminals to access online government
services, register to vote, and connect to the democratic process.
Local e-Government programs have been initiated by Fairfax County, VA
(http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov), the California Community Technology
Policy Group (http://www.cctpg.org), and the City of Seattle
(http://www.seattle.gov). Read a summary of the exchange and a
listing of e-Government resources at
Policy Strategies for Sustainable Funding - On June 27, 2003, The
Children's Partnership participated on a policy panel at the annual
CTCNet conference in Washington, D.C. TCP presented research on
policies community technology advocates could pursue to access
sustainable sources of funding in these tough economic times. The
materials that accompanied this presentation included:
Connecting After-School and Community Technology Efforts
How Community Technology Programs Can Use Federal Workforce
Investment Dollars to Prepare Youth for Jobs
PowerPoint presentation suggesting various funding strategies
An Update to "States Move Ahead in 2002" - This revised summary of
2002 action includes several new updates. This research summary
provides examples of what states accomplished during tight fiscal
times to increase technology access. We have added California's
ballot initiative (http://techpolicybank.org/stateaction2002.html)
that increases the amount of available after-school funding to $550
million per year. We have also added a program in Kansas
(http://techpolicybank.org/stateaction2002.html) funded by
telecommunications surcharges to finance a broadband technology-based
network to which schools, libraries, and hospitals may connect for
broadband Internet access and intranet access for distance learning.
Telecommunications Discounts - The California Community Technology
Policy Group (CCTPG) has been urging policymakers to make
telecommunications programs more accessible to community-based
organizations. CCTPG has produced a number of policy documents:
The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF)
(http://www.cctpg.org/regulation/ctf_recs.pdf) - This program is
similar to e-Rate, offering discounts on advanced telecommunications
services. This briefing sheet recommends program changes to make the
fund more accessible to community-based organizations.
Implementation of SB 1863
(http://www.cctpg.org/regulation/sb1863comments.pdf) - CCTPG
advocated for the passage of this bill, which increases the CTF
discounts for community-based organizations and explicitly makes
community technology programs eligible for these discounts. Read the
recommendations CCTPG made on its implementation.
Press Releases by the California Public Utilities Commission CPUC
(http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUBLISHED/NEWS_RELEASE/25994.htm) and CCTPG
(http://www.cctpg.org/regulation/cftrelease051503.htm) on CTF - The
PUC and CCTPG claimed victory on making CTF more accessible and
friendly to community-based organizations (CBOs). Read the about the
new program details.
Other New Resources - Our extensive online directory includes new
listings, such as:
A Computer for Every Lap (http://www.glef.org/) (George Lucas
Highlights a forward-looking initiative that provided every Maine
seventh grader with a laptop computer.
The Maine Learning Technology Initiative: Teacher, Student, and
School Perspectives Mid-Year Evaluation Report
(http://www.usm.maine.edu/cepare/) (Maine Education Policy Research
Reports positive learning outcomes from an initiative that gave every
seventh grade student in Maine a laptop.
Technology Counts 2003: Pencils Down: Technology's Answer to
Testing (http://www.edweek.org/sreports/) (Education Week)
Examines educational technology and computer-based testing in the 50
states and the District of Columbia.
Connected to the Future
(http://www.cpb.org/ed/resources/connected/) (Corporation for Public
Reports on how children use the Internet.
Digital Transformation: A Framework for ICT Literacy
Examines the increasing importance of Information and Communication
Technologies (ICT) Literacy.
Getting Online 2.0: A Small-Town Guide to Creating 21st-Century
Communities (http://www.smallcommunities.org/ncsc/) (National Center
for Small Communities)
Provides leaders in small communities with information about getting
their communities connected.
Technology and Grit at the Grassroots: Information Technology,
Community Engagement, and Jobs in Distressed Rural Communities
(http://www.smallcommunities.org/ncsc/) (National Center for Small
Identifies and explores effective technology-led economic development
strategies for distressed, rural communities.
Conectados: Connecting Los Angeles' Underserved Communities
(http://www.trpi.org/PDF/Conectados.pdf) (Tomas Rivera Policy
Assesses the availability of community technology centers in
underserved communities in the Los Angeles area, and whether these
centers are meeting the information and communication needs of
low-income and minority communities, particularly Latino communities.
A Broadband World: The Promise of Advanced Services
(Benton Foundation and the Alliance for Public Technology)
Offers 12 case studies of innovative uses of broadband services in
The Sustainability Challenge: Taking EdTech to the Next Level
Cautions the over $40 billion investment in educational technology,
or edtech, may be at risk.
For Up to Date Federal Developments
Digital Empowerment Campaign (http://www.digitalempowerment.org/) -
Web site offering information on the Technology Gap
TCP in the News:
Cable Franchise Renewal Offers Opportunities for Community
Technology Programs (Technicity Times , Issue 3 - June 2003)
E-Government: Strategies for Community Technology (Community
Technology Review, spring 2003)
Closing the Content Gap: A Content Evaluation and Creation Starter
Kit (Community Technology Review, summer 2003)
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