Workshop Session Descriptions
9:30 - 10:45am Session Descriptions
Building a National Grassroots Organization
Barry Forbes, Alliance for Community Media
This workshop will provide models for organization structure, develop a workplan and discuss current affinity organizations and networks.
City Government Programs On-line
Roger Iida, City of Seattle Public Access Network
Workshop will include a brief overview of the City of Seattle's WWW site - PAN, lessons learned in working directly with non-technical neighborhood organizations/ individuals and organizing coalitions around technology. Examples of technology implementations that PAN has been a part of: Garfield and Rainier Community Centers, Central Area Motivational Project Family and Youth Services Center, Department of Neighborhoods neighborhood service centers will be presented. Included will be a candid discussion of what has worked and what hasn't and how to learn from those lessons and what next?
Forming a Community Network
Association in Minnesota
Mick Souder, Minnesota E-Democracy/MRNet
Minnesota has a number of interesting community networking resources including Internet services for non-profit organizations based at a community access cable provider, a Free-net, a public indexing system based at a regional network provider, an electronic democracy group and services based in schools libraries and public television stations.
Over the last year these various organizations have experienced loss of sponsorship, volunteer burnout, mission creep (and mission de-creep) inadequate funding and personnel issues.
The workshop will describe an ongoing attempt by various community networking organizers to see where the community networking groups can work together and where they can not.
There will be a discussion the problems facing Minnesota community computing resources, the infrastructure pieces in place to facilitate communication among the players, how those resources are being used to foster cooperation among the resources and how that attempt is going.
I will also disseminate proposals, mailgroup info files, responses to the proposals and a chronology/outline detailing the steps we are taking to foster inter-group cooperation.
The Fun Factor -
Interactive Entertainment & Community
Alex Utterman, DeMaria Studio
Rusel DeMaria, DeMaria Studio
Does interactive gaming represent a step towards a more participatory culture from the current passive, consumer-based one?
An introduction for participants & spectators alike to different gaming-based (graphic) interactive worlds on the internet. We'd like to provide a kind of primer of survival skills & mores as they apply to online entertainment environments.
Exploring the issues and pitfalls of design for large net environments, including the commercial implications of electonic gaming elements in these worlds. What are we creating out there and who's coming to play? How are affinity groups formed in these worlds, and how do they evolve over time? What does this kind of human interaction imply about the future of net-based communications, and social interaction in general? Is there any impact?
Information Footpaths: Grassroots Technology
for Local Economic Development
Tara Clapp, Univ. of Southern California
James Liggins, Univ. of Southern California
In this workshop, we will introduce the concept of the Information Footpath and describe the history of the development of an Information Footpath for South Central Los Angeles. We would also like to engage workshop participants in a discussion of the issues raised in our project and in their experience with similar projects.
Based on a concept developed by Dr. Heikkila and Dr. Banerjee of the School of Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California, an Information Footpath as technology is place-oriented, offers a detailed level of information, has a user-friendly interface and is supported by a geographic information system. An Information Footpath is set within a community context, and is distinguished by its relationships with the local social community. The Information Footpath concept offers the integration of accessibility and usefulness necessary for local economic development.
Neighborhood Networks: The Junction
of Cyberspace and Welfare Reform
Charles Leo, US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
Diana Goodwin Shavey, US Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
Neighborhood Networks is an initiative HUD started to locate computer learning centers in properties it funds or insures, to provide a means for tenants to learn new skills, complete their education and raise their income levels. The goal is two-fold: to prepare tenants for eventual phase-out of rental assistance and various welfare programs and to insure that the properties will continue to be competitive in the marketplace as they age.
Richard Lowenberg, Davis Community Network and
Telluride Institute - InfoZone Program
Case study based examples of rural tele-community planning and development issues and practices.
A presentation of Telluride Institute, InfoZone Program; Colorado Rural Telecommunications Project; US EDA and NTIA funded Economic Development and GIS projects; Davis Community Network and Yolo Regional Network; CPB CivNet Grant; Benton Foundation/NEA Arts Online Initiative, and some international tele-community development projects (Spain, Corsica, Italy, Japan), as the basis for a participatory discussion with workshop attendees.
11:00am - 12:15pm Session Descriptions
Accessible Web Design
Beth Fraser, University of Washington, DO-IT Program
The workshop will demonstrate universal access design principles for designing accessible World Wide Web pages. Accessible design principles ensure that pages are open to the broad range of Internet users, including people with disabilities. The development of the Internet and adaptive technology have provided unprecedented opportunities for people with disabilities to pursue careers, education, and personal interests. However, current techniques in Web design often block these users from reaching the information.
Designing web pages from a universal access philosophy also ensures that the broadest range of users can access your site, including those with a slower modem connection, people learning English or using English as a second language and people with learning disabilities. Participants will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of the purpose and importance of universal access, and the tools to develop their Web pages so that they are accessible. Developing a virtual community relies on developing an inclusive structure that encourages participation. This workshop provides information to enable this!
Participants will be shown a 10 minute, professionally produced video describing universal access design. They will then be given an online demonstration of universal design features, including viewing sites that are poorly designed as compared to those that provide optimal access. Participants will view html coding and be given detailed information on universal Web design.
Civil Liberties in Cyberspace
Doug Klunder, ACLU of Washington
This workshop will feature an interactive discussion intended to alert people to civil liberties concerns in the online age, and discuss efforts being taken to preserve free speech and privacy rights.
Designing for Community
Amy O'Neill Houck, In Plain Sight Media
Caroline Cumming, Fast Forward Media Labs
This workshop will explore design tactics for creating community on the World Wide Web. We will discuss how to use visual and information design to create a sense of community in a web site, how to attract and keep a given "real-time" community, and the impact of commercialism on a web community. To highlight successful design strategies participants will critique web sites and plan the design of a mock site.
Minnesota E-Democracy: Overview/Lessons
Mick Souder, Minnesota E-Democracy/MRNet
This workshop will highlight a Minnesota non-profit, politically independent attempt to create an infrastructure for promoting online political discourse among citizens, policy makers, politicians and media and assist organizations by promoting electronic discourse to affect public policy.
Discussions will include a dissemination of Minnesota E-Democracy's founder and Chair's paper "Building Citizen-based Electronic Democracy Efforts" and give an overview of how Minnesota E-Democracy came into being. Also included will be a description of how E-Democracy works with a variety of local community networking groups, and what kind lessons can be learned from its successes and roadblocks to creating useful debate structures and discussion spaces in the area of political discourse.
Partners for Community Information
Peter Martino, The Forks Initiative
Karen Sherrard, The Forks Initiative
A demonstration of the activity in Albion, Michigan where partnerships among the community hospital, public library, liberal arts college, and grass-roots community group led to free Internet Access, community training, a Web presence.
We will identify community partners and possible methods of combining mission plans into one coordinated effort for the community and discover new roles for health care information providers in a small community.
Public Policy: Building on Success
Barry Forbes, Alliance for Community Media
Provide overview of how government works; present update of Telecommunications Act of 1996; overview of successful grassroots lobbying activities; discuss long-term public policy goals and strategies.
Virtual Tours - Reaching into Neighborhoods
Lodis Rhodes, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Jennifer Walden, LBJ School of Public Affairs
This workshop will demonstrate and explain a website (afn-neighbor.net), developed to interest and engage citizens in six low-income neighborhoods. The site is a tool to create demand within neighborhoods for access to and use of the internet. It was developed by a team of neighborhood residents (tour guides), the Austin Learning Academy and Austin Free-Net, and graduate students in LBJ School of Public Affairs. It illustrates a "project oriented" approach to training novice users of the Internet and World Wide Web. Project oriented training is the centerpiece of the Austin Access Model of community computing.
1:30 - 2:45pm Session Descriptions
Building a Community Network by Building Community
Randy Stoecker, U. of Toledo/CATNet/COMM-ORG/UUNN
This workshop will show how participatory research, popular education, and community-based planning principles can be used in building a community network. The workshop goals are to show the importance of including nonusers as well as users in network building, the need for educating everyone (experts need education in poverty and exclusion and people from poverty need education in the technology), and the need for a participatory process. The workshop will be based on a process being used in Toledo to build a community network from scratch. "CATNet" (the Coalition for Accessible Technology and Networking) is comprised of public housing residents, senior citizens, people with disabilities, social service providers, technical experts, and many others.
Business Community Networking
Greg Laudeman, BellSouth Business Systems
This workshop will examine how local businesses can benefit from and contribute to community networking initiatives. It will primarily focus on the "why" and "how" of business involvement. There will also be a discussion of enterprise technologies, such as electronic commerce, groupware/workflow, courseware, security systems, etc., and how they fit into the community network milieu.
We will begin with some cost/benefit exercise such as what a business person would have to go through in deciding if they should invest in a community network. Then, building on the cost/benefit exercise, there will be a discussion of why it is important to actively involve businesses in community networking and some "sales strategies" for gaining their buy-in. Finally, we'll discuss enterprise technologies, such as would be applied to community networking by a business, and how those technologies could impact community networks.
Community Access and Local Economic Development
Michael Gurstein, MOTC/UCCB
This workshop will review the experience of linking community access and local economic development in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Canada. The workshop will describe the developments to date in Nova Scotia with the Canadian Government Community Access Program and describe a number of local, regional and provincial initiatives developing from the opportunities presented by community access in rural areas, focussing particularly on the role of the University and of the Centre for Community and Enterprise Networking (C\CEN) acting as a research, development and incubation centre in support of local economic development using information and communications technology as a resource.
The workshop will describe local, regional, provincial and national activities in support of ICT and local economic development. It will go on to evaluate each of these initiatives in turn and with the assistance of the workshop participants discuss and formulate further strategies to support these developments.
Creating Technology Literate Neighborhoods
Tina Podlodowski, Councilperson, City of Seattle
Workshop Title: Creating Technology Literate Neighborhoods
Local Government are all struggling with the public policy issues surrounding citizen technology literacy and access. Who needs to be technology literate? What does it mean for a neighborhood to be technology literate? Where are appropriate "access points" within a neighborhood? How can local government facilitate the creation of technology literate neighborhoods? Join Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski, chair of the Technology and Labor Policy Committee, for a lively discussion/brainstorm session on technology literate neighborhoods.
Equity in Access
Mike Apgar, Speakeasy
Lorraine Pozzi & Madeline Lewis, Homeless Women's Network
Anitra Freeman & Dr. Wes Browning, Real Change
Both the Homeless Women's Network (HWN) and Real Change focus on the homeless community in Seattle. HWN is setting up a Web site for information and referral and training low-income and/or homeless women how to use the Web's resources. Real Change publishes a newspaper (now twice-monthly) with news about homeless issues and people. Its editorial board and many of its writers are formerly homeless men and women.
The workshop will identify the major barriers to Internet access and describe strategies developed to overcome them. There will be an opportunity for participants to share their own experiences, as well as a question and answer period.
Everything Must Change In Order That Nothing
Change: Media Culture, Cyberspaces and Cyberplaces
Fred Johnson, Media Working Group, Inc.
Cathy Nostrand, Tualatin Valley Community Access (TVCA)
For all the hype around a so called Information Highway or Cyberspace, it is hard to underestimate the significance of the emergence of a system of communication poised to integrate text, images and sounds into an interactive network with global, though uneven, reach. This presentation would discuss media culture, and its underpinnings in the political economy of information and culture, as one of the definitive contexts shaping the democratic and community building potential of the network society. It will approach much of the discourse on community and cyberspace with great skepticism while maintaining that we are present at a significant historical moment, one that indeed holds not the probability but the possibility of increased communications democracy.
This workshop will: examine the economic and social relationships that create media culture; discuss the needs of the media conglomerates, who exist solidly in this world, and, who are clearly driving the development of the network society; and, finally, look at how media culture socially constructs representations of community and cyberspace to the advantage of power.
Issues touched upon will include: the democratic potential of interactivity in contrast to one way communication; the possibility that system architectures will not remain technically open in response to information economics; passive verses active use of communication technology; and, the impact of network communication on the social construction of urban and community space.
LEEPing into Distance Education
Marsha Woodbury, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Netiva Caftori, Northeastern Illinois University
In this workshop we will demonstrate computer use in distance education, discuss ethical and practical consequences. It will include a presentation of the technologies used by the LEEP distance education program at UIUC, and by Netiva Caftori at Northeastern Illinois University. There will be Q&A discussion of issues.
Welfare Reform & Community Networks
Bruce McComb, RECA Foundation
Ronda Evans, RECA Foundation
The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate how community networking, community technology centers, and community capacities "mapping" are a major force in the welfare reform movement.
We will start with a 30 minute presentation that has been given to service clubs, health and social services organizations, and other community organizations in the mid-columbia region. The remainder of the workshop will help participants develop some ideas on how to implement some of the welfare reform concepts in their own communities.
3:00 - 4:15pm Session Descriptions
Building Successful Community
Networks - Lessons Learned
Randy Groves, Seattle Community Network Association
Panel members of Seattle Community Network (SCN) will discuss, contrast and compare the various experiences implementers of community networks have encountered on their way to building a successful community network. The discussion will include experiences that may have HINDERED the creation of a successful network.
Community Networks and Community
Center-Based Technology Access:
A Practical Guide to Developing Collaborations
Peter Miller, CTCNet
Bruce McComb, RECA Foundation
Sue Beckwith, Austin FreeNet
. Anthony C. Williams, Project Compute
In Taos, New Mexico, home of LaPlaza Community Network, the LaPlaza Access Center is just off the main road, across from the WalMarts, in a smaller mall area, a couple of miles before Taos Pueblo with its community school and the HeadStart technology access center programs. In Charlotte, NC, home of Charlotte's Web, there are no less than nine physical access sites, including the library. In Grand Rapids, MI, Washington, DC, Austin, TX, in the tri-county area of southwest Washington, in Seattle, and elsewhere across the country, there is a growing alliance between community networks and center-based access programs. The workshop will analyze and help contribute to this symbiotic collaboration.
After reviewing some of the more general community development, program and funding opportunities and CTCNet resources for nourishing this cyberspace-community space collaboration, the workshop will turn to several representative examples of how it's working and finally open the discussion to the audience to hear how it is and could be developing in other areas.
Cyberhate & Cyberhype: Examining the
Implications of Virtual White Supremacy
Devin Burghart, Coalition for Human Dignity
The purpose of the workshop is to explore the notion of "cyberhate" - the white supremacist movements use of the Internet and its implications for the public sphere. Based on the article, "Cyberhate: A Reappraisal," the workshop goes beyond the hype to examine the history, scope and the significance of organized bigotry in cyberspace. Additionally, the workshop is designed to promote discussion of how organized bigotry and violence fit into civic life on the Net. Those concerned about civil rights and democracy - in our real and virtual communities - need to have the tools to incorporate cyberhate into a social movement context and to look for where virtual white supremacy becomes real bigotry and violence. CYBERHATE & CYBERHYPE hopes to provide those tools.
Additionally, I will supply all workshop participants with a copy of the Coalition for Human Dignity's quarterly journal, _The Dignity Report_ which includes the article from which this workshop is based, entitled. "Cyberh@te: A Reappraisal."
Legal Issues in Cyberspace
Margaret Chon, Seattle University School of Law
This workshop will provide different legal perspectives on cyberspace. The presenters will be students in Professor Margaret Chon's Internet Law Class at Seattle University School of Law. Various students will make brief presentations on selected issues In cyberspace and the law. Emphasis will be on possible legal and policy choices. Audience participation will be encouraged.
Libraries in Cyberspace: More than Exposure
Jodee Fenton, Seattle Public Library
Megan Stearns, Seattle Public Library
Come and help us design a class!!
This hour and a half session begins with an overview of the ways in which public libraries (and Seattle Public Library) work with WWW training for users. Participants will practice site evaluation before separating into breakout sessions to work on course design. A chance to tell us what you'd like to know about, Web-wise and to say what you'd like others to discover. What are libraries missing in our emphasis and training focus?
The World at Our Fingertips:
Creative Writers on the Internet
Virginia Little, California Institute of Integral Studies
Donna Barnes, University of San Diego
Amy Eunice, Metasystems Design Network, Inc.
Marta Brill, 11th grader, Hackett High School
An overview of the design, implementation, and assessment of an on-line 9-12th grade program in creative writing will be demonstrated by the teacher and one of her students. The on-line campus housed on the Internet includes a homeroom, teacher's lounge, cyberclassroom, writing center, visiting author's forum and a cafe of the arts. The combination of technology and the arts in with a pedagogical approach which supports whole language philosophies provides an excellent model for literacy possibilities as we approach the 21st century. Application of interactive versus informational use of technology is central. The use of Empowerment Evaluation as an integral means of assessment for the program, as well as the lived experiences of the students participating in the presentation, will offer an exciting and innovative approach to new ways of conceiving our literate futures. Session is designed for audience participation!
4:30 - 5:45pm Session Descriptions
Avoiding Information Overload
Pam Zilius-Careaga, University of Michigan
Greg & Zilius-Careaga, Wayne State University
This workshop will explore an increasingly common problem for all kinds of people who use the World Wide Web - coping with a tidal wave of information. This workshop will be of particular interest to those whose clientle is highly motivated to use the Web, but needs skills to do so more effectively. As students at all levels and library users are prominent in this group, but by no means alone, we welcome teachers, librarians, and anyone else who may be interested.
The session will begin with a discussion on how to find substantive information on a topic of interest, and avoid a deluge of unrelated material. We will present a brief, comparative overview of search engines of all types, and their appropriate, effective use. We will also discuss evaluation of resources found on the web, versus those found in other more traditional media such as print or television broadcast. We will close with substantial time for individual searching and questions, with hands-on assistance from the presenters.
Creating Sustainable Networks
Through Partnerships of Commerce and Community
David Wilcox, UK Communities Online
Doug Williams, BT Labs
Kevin Harris, Community Development Foundation
In this workshop we will report on UK developments and propose European - North American collaboration on policy and practice issues. Doug Williams will describe BT's concept of a community communications network based on a year's research: this could be relevant in the US given the proposed BT-MCI merger. David Wilcox will report on UK Communities Online, inspired by Ties and Taos conferences, and plans for a UK Digital Trust. Kevin Harris is editing the report of the IBM-sponsored UK Working Party on Social Inclusion in the Information Society. The working party will be identifying aspects of networks and IT resource centres which promote the interests of communities.
Underlying each of our contributions will be the belief that public, private and community partnerships are the way to create sustainable networks serving the whole community.
We will suggest a joint publication/Web pages, and visits by North American networkers to UK conferences, as steps to develop the International Association for Community Networking.
How Community Networking is
Changing the Future of Education
Parker Linder, NSCC, CODE (Coordinators of Distance Educators)
Charlotte Green, The Internet Training Group
Jean Kent, Cyberlibrain, North Seattle Community College
Ann Suter, Communication Technology Center
Access to global and community networks are changing the nature of teaching and learning by removing the boundaries between people, resources and institutions. Topics in this workshop will include: new techniques and instructional opportunities for the classroom, distance education and research and the changing the structure of education.
Dagmar Amtmann, Washington Assistive Technology Alliance
Susan Adams, Washington Assistive Technology Alliance
This workshop will discuss the important functions the internet fulfills for people with disabilities and the problems they encounter when utilizing the resources available on the internet. We will outline accessibility issues and discuss how to design accessible web pages.
We will use an interactive on-line presentation to demonstrate issues of accessibility on various web sites and offer practical advice on improving design.
Issues & Hype in Telecom Reform
Matt Lampe, City of Seattle
Attendees will be acquainted with the players and issues at battle in Telecom Reform. The workshop provide a background in the federal, state and court processes now underway to implement the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act. We'll identify the hyperbole of the players and some of their assumptions as they battle over the shape of the table on which the competition will occur.
Principles and Strategies
for Non-profit Use of the Net
Michael Gilbert Gilbert Center and Internet Nonprofit Center
Put Barber Evergreen State Society
Learn about the pitfalls and promise of various uses of the internet for community service and social change organizations. We'll examine principles for thinking strategically about internet applications and then we'll apply them to several case studies.
Technology and Welfare:
A Tragic Love Story
Ken Zeff, MLK Learning Center
The purpose of this workshop is to educate people on the complexities of bringing technology to the most underserved portions of our society. We plan to help people appreciate the perspective of people who have lived their whole lives without computers.
During the workshop, we will:
1) Briefly tell people about HUDs investment into community technology networks
2) Conduct role play
-One group is assigned to be the disenfranchised, technologically
illiterate, welfare recipients -They are briefed on their attitudes and backgrounds for the role play
-Remainder of group is split into small teams to design approaches to bring technology to this group
-Have the small teams make a presentation to the welfare group and solicit their feedback
-Bring the groups together to discuss the difficulties in designing program to address this community
3) Discuss the problems and solutions that we have encountered in the MLK Learning Center
4) Take questions and comments
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