The following message from Julie Fesenmaier of Temple University's Business
School (Philadelphia, US) was seen on the list of the Australian chapter of the
Community Development Society (which I subscribed to as an info source for a
class I taught, and have stayed on since the traffic is low and it sometimes
has some interesting info).  DZO

Don't miss this exciting two-part telecommunications policy panel at the CDS
conference in Baltimore!  We'll be providing information from the experts and
then discussing telecommunications policy and how we reach underserved
individuals and communities.  Whether you are an expert or just interested, the
information and the discussion will be of interest to you (and important for
your community!).  

At the conference, this session is offered on Wednesday, June 29, 2005. More
information and for a full program, visit .

"Telecommunications policy is where the Association for Community Networking
meets the Community Development Society. Public/Private is great, but the
public's right to pursue its economic and community interests cannot be
blocked."  Michael Maranda, President, Association for Community Networking.
Panel One:  David Meets Goliath -- Giving Communities a Voice in
Telecommunications Policy.

Communities are interested in developing telecommunications infrastructure and
providing service, but are often precluded from doing so by state and federal
regulation.  Local self-determination, a strongly held value of the Community
Development Society, implies that organizing to provide a community voice in
these policy decisions is of utmost importance.  This discussion will focus on
examples, community organizing, and the policies which determine local

Panel Two: Linking Research to Practice and Policy -- Improving Technology
Access and Use Among the Underserved.
Rural residents and ethnic minorities are among the many groups on the "wrong
side" of the digital divide.  Is the issue simply a lack of infrastructure, or
something more? We present results from several projects exploring technology
access and use in geographically, economically, and politically excluded
communities. We then discuss common challenges these communities face and
suggest ways they can be overcome through context- and culturally-appropriate
programming and technology policy reform.
Register on line at

Hope to see you there!
For more information about these panels or questions, contact Julie Fesenmaier

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