[rtpnet-tact] DRAFT: Conference News Release

Judy Hallman hallman at email.unc.edu
Wed Feb 11 14:38:43 EST 2004

I'm glad to see the discussion! I suggest we continue it at the
conference. Terry, would you lead a topic table on this topic?
Then perhaps we can all discuss this topic during the 4:00-4:30 session.

I see responses of agreement, but I'm not planning to change the title for
this year. It's already posted on several event calanders and I've got the
phrase all through the awards stuff as well as the conference stuff.

Personally, I agree with Larry Irving. See the first two paragraphs of
his comments at
His is the last message in that long post.

I often reread Mario Morino's http://www.morino.org/closing_sp_dig.asp .
on "How to turn a movement focused on closing the gap in access to
technology into a force for social change, one that will provide people
living in our lowest-income areas the chance to improve their lives."
Perhaps we could use some of his ideas to come up with a better, shorter
phrase for what we're trying to accomplish with the conference, TACT, and
in general.

Thanks, Terry, for starting the discussion.

On Tue, 10 Feb 2004, Terry Grunwald wrote:

> Judy,
> I don't want to launch a debate here.  Well,  maybe that wouldn't be so
> bad...  So, here's my take.
>   It's a good release, but I for one would really like to see the field
> move away from the term "Digital Divide" for lots of reasons.
> -- too much focus on 'haves' and 'have-nots' starts to sound paternalistic
> -- assumes that the primary 'gap' is around access and we really need to
> focus more on 'effective use'
> -- implies that you must bring people over the divide to technology not
> bring tech to the people
> -- we need to realize that there are many divides and the digital one is
> intertwined with the others (poverty, literacy, education, language,
> knowledge, confidence, etc.)
> I think there has been discussion about this in the past on the AfCN list
> and elsewhere.  Steve Cisler among others has written about this.
> So, could I suggest 'Creating NC's Digital Opportunities'  --or is it too late?
> --terry
> At 10:23 AM 2/10/2004 -0500, you wrote:
> >Do you see any problems with this news release? -- Judy
> >
> >
> >Contact:
> >Judy Hallman
> >919-933-3931
> >E-mail: hallman at rtpnet.org
> >Conference Web site: www.rtpnet.org/conf
> >
> >Conference on Bridging NC's Digital Divide
> >
> >Chapel Hill, NC - Effective use of Information Technology is necessary to
> >succeed, particularly in today's challenging economy. There is a gap
> >between those people and communities who can make effective use of
> >information technology and those who cannot.
> >
> >RTPnet's 5th Annual Conference, March 19, 2004, at the William and Ida
> >Friday Center in Chapel Hill, will focus on the wide variety of programs
> >aimed at bridging North Carolina's Digital/Human Divide. Individuals and
> >representatives of nonprofit and social services groups that provide
> >access to computers and training are encouraged to attend, as well as
> >educators, librarians, computer specialists, and representatives of
> >grant-making foundations, who want to learn how they can contribute to
> >this effort. This event provides an opportunity to build a personal
> >network of people and organizations active in using computers and Internet
> >technology to build a better, stronger community in North Carolina and
> >beyond.
> >
> >For the first time, RTPnet Community Technology Awards will be presented
> >at the conference. These awards recognize and honor individuals,
> >organizations, institutions, and businesses that have made significant
> >contributions to North Carolina communities in the area of information and
> >computer technology. Nominations for the 2004 RTPnet Community Technology
> >Awards will be accepted through February 23, 2004.
> >
> >Conference highlights include:
> >  - Online Fundraising Strategies
> >  - Learning Technologies
> >  - What Role for Wireless?
> >  - Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools: Lessons Learned
> >  - WinstonNet: Building a Community-Based Technology Infrastructure
> >  - Meeting Needs for Recycling  `       ``
> >  - Future for NC Information Infrastructure Networks
> >  - Tech LinkUp: Linking technology needs and resources to support
> >      nonprofit organizations
> >  - Drawing for Door Prizes (including an IBM ThinkPad R30 Laptop,
> >      Model 2656-20U)
> >  - Community Technology Awards Reception
> >
> >RTPnet is a community network for the Triangle area (www.rtpnet.org).  For
> >conference information visit www.rtpnet.org/conf/ or e-mail
> >info at rtpnet.org. For awards information and a link to the nomination form,
> >visit www.rtpnet.org/awards/.
> >
> >
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