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COMMUNET  September 1993, Week 3

COMMUNET September 1993, Week 3

Subject:

Re: NII report and community networks

From:

Vigdor Schreibman - FINS <[log in to unmask]>

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Communet: Community and Civic Network Discussion List

Date:

Thu, 16 Sep 1993 16:30:17 -0400

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On Thu, 16 Sep 1993, Steve Cisler wrote:
 
> I hope many of you will have a change to obtain and read the NII report
> issued by Clinton's Information Infrastructure Task Force, but if you have
> not, I'll quote the part about community networks:
 
  Unfortunately, the values that will drive the Clinton Administration's
vision of the NII are those derived from the commerical interests that
have been handed unilateral control over the NREN. The so-called promise
of the NII is nothing but a cynical public relations blast bereft of
formative structure. The meager offering of opportunities for freenets to
fill the gap left by this hostile takeover of the NREN, is a tenuous
foundation for the overriding force of commercialism, which is now
positioned to devastate the potential of the network with the assistance
of the do-gooders who have abandoned the "public interest."
 
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* Vigdor Schreibman, Editor & Publisher *
* Federal Information News Syndicate (FINS) *
* 18 - 9th Street, NE #206 *
* Washington, DC 20002-6042 *
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 >
>
>
>
> CIVIC NETWORKING
> TECHNOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
>
>
> The benefits of the NII extend far beyond economic growth.
> As the Center for Civic Networking observed,
>
> "A country that works smarter; enjoys efficient, less costly
> government, guided by a well-informed citizenry; that
> produces high quality jobs and educated citizens to fill
> them; that paves a road away from poverty; that promotes
> life-long learning, public life and the cultural life of our
> communities. This is the promise of the National
> Information Infrastructure."
>
> The NII could be used to create an "electronic commons" and
> promote the public interest in the following ways:
>
> 1. Community Access Networks: Grass-roots networks are
> springing up all over the country, providing citizens with a
> wide range of information services. The National
> Information Infrastructure should expand a citizen's
> capacity for action in local institutions, as it must honor
> regional differences and the cultural diversity of America's
> heritage.
>
> Example: The Heartland FreeNet in Peoria, Illinois provides
> a wide range of community information to the citizens of
> Central Illinois 24 hours a day. Topics covered include 113
> areas of social services; a year long community calendar;
> the American Red Cross; current listings from the Illinois
> Job Service; resources for local businesses; and local
> government information. Experts in all fields from law to
> the Red Cross to chemical dependency volunteer their time
> and expertise to answer questions anonymously asked by the
> public.
>
> Example: The Big Sky Telegraph began operation in 1988 as
> an electronic bulletin board system linking Montana's 114
> one-room schools to each other and to Western Montana
> College. Today, the Big Sky Telegraph enables the formation
> of "virtual communities" -- linking schools, libraries,
> county extension services, women's centers, and hospitals.
> Montana's high-school students learning Russian can now
> communicate with Russian students, and science students are
> participating in a course on "chaos theory" offered by MIT.
>
> Steve Cisler
> Apple Library
> 4 Infinite Loop MS 304-2A
> Cupertino, California 95014
> 408 974 3258
> fax 408 825 7502
> [log in to unmask]

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