Summer 2004

CTCNet Policy Framework
by anonymous

This policy framework, adopted by the CTCNet Board of Directors in April 2004, lays out the values for the organization in its policy work and advcacy activities.

The Community Technology Centers' Network is a US-based international network of more than 1000 organizations and individuals united in their commitment to improve the educational, economic, cultural and political life of their communities through technology.


CTCNet provides resources and advocacy to improve the quality and sustainability of urban and rural community technology centers and programs at the local, state, national and international level. This policy framework exists to:

  • communicate CTCNet's core values and goals to policymakers
  • assist CTCNet to identify key issues and monitor trends impacting membership
  • enable likeminded groups and networks to identify common interests that lead to collaborative action.


CTCNet envisions a growing network of community-based technology activity distinguished by the diversity, innovation and adaptability crucial to our core mission: creating strong, healthy, equitable and sustainable communities across the US and around the world.


Information and communications technology (ICT) literacy--the capacity and ability to easily and effectively access, process, develop, and use technology for enhanced participation in society--is increasingly required to fully engage in civic activities, achieve success in the global economy, and enjoy a better quality of life. CTCs meet the needs of diverse learners with different abilities, learning styles, and challenges in order to build greater ICT literacy in all persons.


The following goals guide the development, support, and expansion of meaningful community technology activity:

  • Improved coordination among public and private resources; building towards expanded bases of support for technical assistance, effective capacity building, and long-term sustainability;
  • Greater ICT infrastructure building and deployment, including advanced and emerging technologies, in underserved communities
  • Increased participation by community technology interests in determining standards to ensure that services and content are accessible to, usable by, and reflective of underserved audiences.

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