Culture & Class
||Carl Kucharski is
a long-time media activist and consultantfocusing on telecommunications research,
requirements planning and policy analysis. This is an edited version of his extensive
listing of resources.
A list of
organizations noted elsewhere in the Review
(and page/link) are shown on the right. There is a separate
section for Rural organizations and Resouces; others are noted at the end here. Below are some
key additional groups. For a larger list of related orgs, see the database of
organizations developed by the Civil Rights Forum at www.civilrights
forum.org/linkalpha.htm and the links at www.benton.org/Library/Low-Income/resources3.html.
The Alliance for Public Technology - www.apt.org
A coalition of individuals and nonprofit groups who share
a vision of equal access for all consumers to telecommunications networks capable of a
wide variety of information services. See "Blue Prints" in section 2 below.
American Library Association Office for Information
Technology Policy - www.ala.org/oitp/index.html
Promotes the development and use of electronic access to
information as a means to ensure the public's right to a free and open information
Center for Applied Special Technology - www.cast.org/
Dedicated to expanding opportunities for individuals with
disabilities through innovative computer technology, research and product development that
further universal design for learning.
|Organizations noted in the
Review (and page/link)The Alliance for Community
The Alliance for Technology
The Association For Community
The Benton Foundation's
Communications Policy Project
The Center for Media Education
The Civil Rights Forum on
The Community Technology Center's
Computer Professionals for Social
Computers in Our Future - p. 24
Libraries for the Future
The Loka Institute and Community
Media Working Group
The National Indian Telecommunications
The Ohio Community Computing Center
OMB Watch's Nonprofits' Policy
& Technology Project
The National Trust for the Development
of African-American Men
for Civic Networking - www.civicnet.org
Dedicated to applying information infrastructure to the
broad public good, within local communities to improve delivery of local government
services, improve access to information that people need in order to function as informed
citizens, broaden citizen participation in governance, and stimulate economic and
Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee - www.netcaucus.org/
A diverse group of public interest, nonprofit, and
industry groups working to educate Congress and the public about key Internet-related
Education and Libraries Networks Coalition - www.itc.org/edlinc/
Seeks to expand the use of educational technologies in
schools and libraries by making sure that they get the affordable rate guaranteed in the
Universal Service Provisions of the Telecom Act of 1996.
Electronic Frontier Foundation - www.eff.org
Includes extensive libraries on telecommunications reform.
LINCT Coalition - Learning and Information Networks for
Community Telecomputing - www.linct.org
Supports telecommunications program and policy resources
special for organizations serving and working with low-income communities.
Media Access Project - www.mediaaccess.org
Freestanding public interest law firm primarily devoted to
representing the public's interest on electronic media issues through policy advocacy at
the FCC and the Courts, in the media and other public fora.
The Morino Institute - www.morino.org
Dedicated to opening the doors of opportunity - economic,
civic, health, and education -- and empowering people to improve their lives and
communities in the Communications Age.
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and
Administrators - www.natoa.org/
A professional association that supports and serve the
telecommunications interests and needs of local governments.
The National Urban League - www.nul.org
National civil rights organization with major projects to
develop community technology centers among its affiliates and deal with telecommunications
policy issues in the interest of its constituents.
Policywonk.com - http://policywonk.com
Features data downloads, a link database, free
do-it-yourself link posting as a free public resource. Policywonk.com does not take any
The Public Utilities Law Project - www.pulpny.org
PULP's Communities/Communications/Technology Campaign at
www.pulpny.org/cct.html is a comprehensive multi-forum offensive to gain broad societal
acceptance for placing and supporting advanced technologies and telecommunications, in the
homes of every poor child and needy homebound patient in America.
Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies - http://otal.umd.edu/~rccs
An online, non-profit dedicated to research, study, teach,
support, and create diverse and dynamic elements of cyberculture.
StateLine.Org - www.stateline.org/
Provides a set of tools to help journalists, policy makers
and ordinary citizens stay abreast of important developments in the 50 state capitols.
2. Papers, Reports,
In addition to the papers and reports noted elsewhere in the Review , see the Benton Foundation's resource
library at www.benton.org/Library and the
searchable database in the reading room of the School of Information at the University of
Michigan's Community Connections project at www.si.umich.edu/Community.
"Blueprints for Action: New Strategies for Achieving
Universal Service" - www.apt.org
Represents APT's thinking about how to achieve equitable
and affordable access to networks that can accommodate high-speed, switched, two-way
transmission of voice, data, graphics and video -- "advanced universal service."
Communications Policy and the Public Interest — The
Telecommunications Act of 1996, by Patricia Aufderheide (NY: The Guilford Press,
1999), ISBN #1-57230-418-9 -- www.guilford.com
This 110 page critique of the Telecom Act includes
chapters on background, shaping the Act, overview, aftermath, and the public interest.
Extensive bibliographic resources and appendices include an annotated guide to analyses of
the act, resources for active citizens, and overviews by CPSR, the Telecom Policy
Roundtable, and the Media Access Project.
"Communications Policy is a Civil Rights Issue,"
Mark Lloyd, www.ctcnet.org/review.htm
Presents its case to both communications policy activists
and traditional civil rights organizations and outlines both the history and concept for
the position and the alliance. The full original can be found at
"Creating CyberPlaces" - www.mwg.org/webpub/webpub.html
An e-publication from Media Working Group dealing with
telecommunications policy from the community perspective.
"Culture, Class and Cyberspace" - www.igc.org/amcgee/e-race.html
Art McGee's very up to date survey, encompassing
"interesting and important resources, dealing with the intersection of ethnicity,
culture, class, poverty, computers, and cyberspace."
"Cyberspace and the American Dream," Progress
and Freedom Foundation - www.pff.org/pff/i-cad.html
Includes Newt Gingrich, Alvin and Heidi Toffler, and
others giving their perspective on telecom reform.
Federal Communications Law Journal, V.51, #3, May
1999 - www.law.indiana.edu/fclj/fclj.html
Formerly The Federal Communications Bar Journal,
this issue focuses on new approaches to minority media ownership.
"The Future of Media," Boston Review,
Summer 1998 - http://bostonreview.mit.edu/BR23.3/contents.html
"Making Media Democratic" by Robert W. McChesney
and responses which include "Bold Proposals," by Ralph Nader, "The Real
World" by Lawrence K. Grossman, "Two Misplaced Objections" by C. Edwin
Baker, "Diminishing Hopes?" by Doug Schuler, "Let People Choose" by
Stephen Ansolabehere, "Internet Treasure" by Andrew L. Shapiro, and
"The Future of Networking Technologies for
Learning" - www.ed.gov/Technology/Futures/
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational
Technology commissioned a series of white papers and hosted a workshop to discuss the
"Lessons Learned from the Telecommunications and
Information Infrastructure Assistance Program" - www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/tiiap/lessons.htm
A snapshot look at the community impacts of TIIAP projects
with examples of how specific projects are using advanced telecommunications and
information technologies to provide better services, strengthen community ties, and
provide increased access to information for thousands of Americans.
"Local Places, Global Connections: Libraries in the
Digital Age" - www.lff.org/technology/local.html
A Libraries For the Future/Benton publication documenting
libraries providing public access to technology.
"Losing Ground Bit by Bit: Low-Income Communities in
the Information Age," June 1998 - www.benton.org/Library/Low-Income
This the Benton Foundation / National Urban League
collaboration shows the widening gap in the digital divide and offers strategies for
"Networking: Telecommunications and Information
Technology in Indian Country" - www.benton.org/Library
Released May 27, this is Benton's latest report to provide
policymakers and tribal leaders with essential resources and analysis of key issues facing
tribes in the Digital Age.
"Nurturing Neighborhood Nets," The Technology
Review, by Gary Chapman and Lodis Rhodes - http://web.mit.edu/org/t/techreview/www/articles/oct97/chapman.html
Providing free access to computer networking can extend
the benefits of the Net to people in poor communities.
"Staking Out the Public Interest in the Merger
Between Pacific Telesis and Southwestern Bell Corporation" by Armando Valdez, Charles
Carborne, and Laura Syuchinsky - http://consumernet.org
This white paper offers interesting proposals for funding
community technology as a condition of telco merger approval. An edited version can be
found in the spring 1997 issue of The Community Technology Center Review, p. 27, at
www.ctcnet.org/na6.html (Acrobat file).
"Telecommunication Information Resources on the
Internet" - http://china.si.umich.edu/telecom/telecom-info.html
References to information sources relating to the
technical, economic, public policy, and social aspects of telecommunications, including,
voice, data, video, wired, wireless, cable TV, and satellite.
TIIAP Newsletter - www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/tiiap/Newsletter/
Provides short summaries of the activities and
accomplishments of TIIAP grantees.
Directories, and Guides
"Advocacy on the
'Net" - www.benton.org/Practice/Best/advoc.html
Provides annotated links to the Web sites of nonprofits
that use the Internet to encourage advocacy in behalf of their causes.
"An Activists' Strategy for Using Email and the World
Wide Web" - www.onenw.org/toolkit/
By One Northwest, an organization that helps environmental
groups in the northwest.
"Best Practices Toolkit" - www.benton.org/Practice/Toolkit/
Includes resources for nonprofit technical assistance
providers, other helpful resources online.
"The Community Activist Guide to the Internet" -
Political consultant William A. Brantley, Jr., describes
how to use the Internet as a tool for organizing and activism.
"Designing Effective Action Alerts for the
Internet" - http://weber.ucsd.edu/~pagre/alerts.html
This is a guide to designing political action alerts. It
also suggests what kinds of badly designed action alerts you should refrain from
forwarding to others.
"Fourth Edition of the Directory of Low Income
Organizations Working on Welfare Issues" - www.lincproject.org.
The Directory is in an interactive point and click map
format and includes listings for 195 groups in 44 states and Canada. The Directory is an
activity of the Welfare Law Center's Low Income Networking and Communications (LINC)
Project (see section1).
"EFF Activism and Government Archive" - www.eff.org/pub/Activism/
Provides a long list of links to examples and articles how
citizens can pursue Net grassroots political activism.
"Internet Toolkit" - www.itwfl.com/toolkit.html
Features noteworthy software tools to help library
professionals with Internet-related projects such as training, Web site creation, bookmark
management, and so on.
"The Library Advocates Guide to
Telecommunications" - www.lff.org/technology/update.html
Main issues covered are: universal service, educational
programming and direct broadcast satellite, and the digital broadcast spectrum give away.
"Open Studio Toolkit" - www.openstudio.org/tools.html\
Resources aimed at helping community arts access and
mentoring sites do their work more effectively. Includes Public Access Site Resources,
Mentor Site Resources, Lessons Learned, Papers, Nonprofit Technical Assistance Providers,
Intellectual Property Rights, and Others.
"Oregon Telecommunications Planning Toolkit" -www.oregontelcom.org/clearinghouse/toolkit/
Created to assist others in developing their local and
regional telecommunications plans and projects, and to provide ideas to inspire community
mobilization, guidance in the local planning process, examples of projects, and links to
resources, information, and other communities of interest.
"Public Library Internet Access Policies" - www.ci.oswego.or.us/library/poli.htm
Policies of 125 public libraries, alphabetical by city.
"Technology Needs Assessments" - http://camalott.com/~living/needs.htm
Sources for ideas in developing a useful Technology Needs
"Towards a Linkages Guide for the National Strategy
for Nonprofit Technology - www.ctcnet.org/nsntlnk.htm
Provides a narrative about the National Strategy as well
as an appendix of related directories and lists of organizations.
"20/20 Vision's Activist Toolkit" - www.2020vision.org/tools.html
Includes "Using Cyberspace: Activism Online."
"The Web and Activism: Making Your Voice Heard Round
the World" - www.1earth.com/
Assembled panelists presented information for both
activist organizations and individuals wanting to use the Internet for activism.
4. Government Sites
Federal Register Online via GPO Access - www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html
The official publication for presidential documents and
executive orders as well as notices, rules and proposed rules from federal agencies and
organizations. Helpful hints provide instructions for searching the database.
Library of Congress' Official Federal Government Web Sites
Extensive links to executive departments, independent
agencies, Congress and the courts.
THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet - http://thomas.loc.gov/
U.S. Business Advisor Search of GovBot Database - www.business.gov/Search_Online.html
The GovBot has gathered 197,655 web pages from government
sites around the country into a searchabe GovBot database.
Executive and Legislative
Department of Education - www.ed.gov
Includes education web pages of other government agencies
Department of Housing and Urban Development - Neighborhood
Networks - http://www.hud.gov/nnw/nnwindex.html
Program for low-income families and the elderly living in
HUD-insured and -assisted properties providing residents with onsite access to computer
and training resources.
FCC, the Federal Communications Commission - www.fcc.gov/
An independent government agency responsible for
regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire,
satellite, and cable. It is also king of all communications web sites with universal
service proposals—including information on discounts for schools and libraries, calendars
for hearings and decisions on regulations and instructions for how to file comments in FCC
HUD User - www.huduser.org
The primary source for Federal Government reports and
information on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development,
urban planning, and other housing-related topics.
National Telecommunication and Information Administration
NTIA offers a variety of assistance to the public in the
telecommunications arena, including grants, training, information, and research services
that promote greater public participation in the development of telecommunications and
information technology and services.
The U.S. Census Bureau - www.census.gov
The official home page of the United States Census Bureau
houses a database that is searchable by zip code.
United States House of Representatives - www.house.gov/
Includes House Telecommunications Subcommittee at
www.house.gov/commerce/telecom.html which has information regarding hearings and markups,
membership of the Subcommittee, as well as the limits of its jurisdiction.
United States Senate - www.senate.gov/
Includes Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on
Communications at www.senate.gov/~commerce/subcmte.htm#Comm
which has information on the Subcommittee's members, its areas of jurisdiction,
legislation currently under consideration, and ways to contact the Subcommittee.
The White House - www.whitehouse.gov
5. Electronic Mail Lists
Alliance for Community Media Forum
An open, unmoderated email list service provided for
advocates of community media. To subscribe send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org and in the
message type: subscribe alliance-forum
Benton Foundation - Communications Policy Program
The Headlines are highlights of news articles summarized
and posted each weekday. To subscribe to the Communications Policy List, write to:
email@example.com and in the body of the message type: subscribe benton-compolicy. To
subscribe to the Up For Grabs discussion list write: firstname.lastname@example.org and in
the body of the message type: subscribe [your email@example.com]
Community Technology Center Campaign list
To conduct research, prepare educational materials, and
work with Members of Congress to support this Department of Education community
initiative. Subscribe by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
leaving the subject line blank, and writing in the body of the message: subscribe
ctc Your Name.
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility general
To subscribe send a request to: email@example.com and in the body of the message
write: subscribe cspr [your first and last name].
Electronic Frontier Foundation Mailing Lists
Send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
and in the body of the message write: "help longindex" for a list of all
EFF mailing lists (including their telecomm reform list) and instructions on how to
Electronic Policy Network (EPC) mailing list
Announcements of new features and what's been added to the
EPN, the electronic network complementing The American Prospect, in the past week.
To subscribe send a request to: email@example.com
and in the message write: subscribe epnnews [your e-mail address]
Internet Intelligence Bulletin
Free monthly bulletin on electronic government,
teledemocracy and public sector Internet use. To subscribe write to: firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject header type:
A free electronic newsletter to promote effective
grassroots organizing on the Internet. To subscribe send a request to: email@example.com and in the body of
the message type: subscribe netaction
OMB Watch Nonprofits' Policy and Technology Project
To subscribe to NPTalk, the NPT listserv, send a message
to firstname.lastname@example.org , leave the subject
line blank, and write in the message body: subscribe nptalk Your Name.
People For the American Way Press Releases
Sign up for the PFAW Activist Network at www.pfaw.org/activist/ or write to email@example.com : in the subject line
and message, write: subscribe pfaw-presslist.
Moderated mailing list of politics and technology. To
subscribe send a request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
and in the body of the message type: subscribe politech
From the Hubert H. Humphrey institue of Public Affairs,
this is an electronic forum for professionals, graduate students, faculty, and staff in
the fields of public policy, public administration, planning, and other related areas. To
subscribe send a request to: email@example.com
and in the body of the message type: Subscribe PUBPOL-L [your first and last name]
Roundtable (Telecom policy discussion)
The Telecom Policy Roundtable is a broadbased coalition
with some coordination provided by the Center for Media Education. To subscribe send a
request to: firstname.lastname@example.org and in the body
of the message write: subscribe roundtable [your first and last name].
LISZT - http://liszt.com
Provides a searchable database of thousands of Internet
6. Rural Resources
8. International Resources
Class, & Cyberspace Resources from Art McGee