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Opening Session

Wed May 15th 8:30am


Patrick Finn

Hondo Fire 30 homes burned 30,000 acres LaPlaza Emergency Web Fire Sight- to provide dynamic emergency communication support. Example of community networks responding to community needs. Check out photographs at web sight - photos of people and repercussions HTML dept becomes much more like a newsroom Interactive process with full community participation

Community Networks
Needs of citizens
Addressing community needs
Development must be intricately involved with participants using them
Provide market driven information
Media integraters
Beyond just simple information providers -
Library and Telecommunity must join forces
Netcasters - providing immediate - interactive information

Build a new paradigm
Profession does not have a formal infrastructure for rewarding those that have achieved a great deal in this area. Acknowledgements
Laura Breeden - presented with a piece of Taos art. People in this room who deserve the honor and the recognition. Left the commerce department in January.
What is a community network - in program
learn how to deliver services and goods to your community.
Fit of community networks
Paradigm shift
Citizens are demanding effective and efficient administration of all public services We must all work together
Steve Cisler

Keynote address. Spreading it between people is symbolic. Does not like the term "the last mile." First mile sights- communities- last mile connections - CNN, Apple, Microsoft.

What is a telecommunity for?
How people are going to communicate with each other.
Involve segments of the community Organization- Impressed with diversity of the community. MIS, people from Indian NAtions. Hackers, librarians, blacks, latinos, and other designations for which the census bureau does not have check boxes. People in attendance from all over the world.

Stars of the telecom battles- Creates an analogy between the Native American fight to keep their land and the "battles" occurring for "land" in the areas of FCC and other regulations. Trying to revolutionize the connection to schools and other community intenties. Thursday session on Community Networks. Discussed the concept of social capital. The strange disappearance of civic America. Discuses causes for the decline of civic participation. He considers the main culprit television in that it is a time thief- Putnam. American Prospect. Concluded by discussing people who ar distressed by technology. Moving backwards from desktop publishing back to handset type.

Luddites were very interested in community revival. Amish- portion of the meetings have been discussed about technology and how it relates to their scripture. Split - groups split in terms of their technology use. Amish do use the telephone. Deliberate appropriateness of technology and obtrusive it seems to be. The most important things are the social skills dealing with diverse groups. Many are here to make deals and deliver pitches.

Frank Odasz (speaker) From Big Sky Telegraph

In 1970 read Future Shock. Oil Ranch Rigs Dude Ranch Manager

No interest in educational system in early eighties. Fred Hughes Created Big Sky Telegraph in What he has learned- where is the potential in community networking and individual empowerment. Overcoming our historical powerlessness mindset. Learn anything anytime from anybody anywhere. Become relationship rich. The American question- Me or us? 60'S many disinclined to be part of society. Are we competitors or collaborators?

Make dust or eat dust. Community networks are already happening. Being created from bottom up.

Community networks working groups vs resident communities passive community vs social facilitation You can't give what you don't own; Experience. Social dynamics are groupwork skills for a distributed knowledge economy Software modules which connect people

Giving people the gifts of themselves. Teaching empowerment brings happiness. Caring and connectivity go together- connecting hearts as well as the minds.

Universal Access to what? Social Infrastructure - One one relationships are the key. Comnets are social infrastructures for problem solving.

Make sure learning needs are met! Familial model-

5R's Reading, wRighting, 'Rithmatic', Research, Relationships. Relationships are paramount.

Brains in physiology Used analogy of brain (connections) Ideas, Virtualization of social networks

Grand shared goals. Ideas are real- ideas can be world-changing. Teaching imagineering

We need to identify conferencing as an effective public problem solving medium.

Internet vs "Inner-" net People talk to each other- come together on local levels. Web browsing verses interacting with people. Pre-literate passive video culture vs proactive literacy. How can one start a discussion.

Individual community networks are coming due to the power of Web conferencing.

Joint challenge corralling imagination, innovation and creation on a larger level.

We don't yet know how to work well on line.

A Coalition is needed to Model Grand Collaborations Top-down origination producing authentic autonomous community networks Commercial success = empowering people.

Constant training of our leadership is needed in order to prevent the blocking of progress.

Our Grand Challenges, DEFINE Comnets; any ole page? What are the practices, models, training, evaluative metrics. International Association for Community Networking. TAKE ACTION Create a clearing house Talent inventory Prove comnets works- Measure what works best Create self-directed on-line training programs Policy representation

Ken Klingston Dr. Ken Klingenstein UC@ Bolder Director of Computing and Network Services.
Internet like an ocean. Community networks beacons and lighthouses.
Grants in this areas
Dr. Klingenstein discussed the BCN Goals and Directives.
What is the role of community networkers.
Phenomenal amount of information on-line. We have no idea what information is on-line.
Counts -page down-loads not hits.
BCN did the state page.
Changing access landscape. 60% has on-line access We have public access sights. Focus on people who literally need access.
Kiosks give visibility and access to the community network.
Cable is not here yet. Not prepared for success.
Scaling information and its processing the on-line onus of accuracy honoring the original supporting the providers an automation infrastructure - DIPP

Issues in Origination of Information Coping with the network-challenge True ownership and the information food chain Style sheets Structuring data for integration Creating definitive tasklng with stale data: delete or flag.

Information advocates own the information- Who really owns information? Structure information in a community centric fashion rather than alphabetically.
Issues in the design of information judicious in use of graphics intelligent use of graphics designing for the screen designing for the trailing edge the problems with browser diversity

DIPP distributed information services environment need for automation the need for a protocol- open -extensive, and the public- provide public domain version

Source documentation- DIPP Switch-information space control block database-management program-

Verify information- authenticate material Process document - standard Clerks to manipulate information space- Integrate and extend it -topical, chronological API to facilitate extensions

DIPP Drop-off agents and pick up agents
Navigational Issues integration localization of external data balancing searching and browsing managing the top three levels role and limits of subaggregations common search engines what does home mean?

We need to tap into the innernet Curriculum that is built on a local level Develop sustainable and longitudinal educational processes Engage community participation and awareness

automate feedback- users can interactively monitor feedback as they use the system - mine