Technology and participation-Harnessing the emerging power of broadband forcivic engagement.July 11,2012 Municipal Clerks InstitutePaul TreadwellCornell Cooperative ExtensionDistance Learning Consultant
What is Broadband?• High speed data transmission.• Always on connection.• Encompassing a variety of technologies.
Fixed or mobile & social• In the past we talked about broadband as a wired, fixed, connection.• Increasingly, broadband is becoming mobile. ▫ Phones and tablets are creating new opportunities for access and participation.
More layers, more connections• New technologies are adding new layers to our daily lives• Connectedness is becoming an essential quality for participation
Why Broadband Matters• Now, broadband is essential to opportunity and citizenship. ▫ Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan http://www.broadband.gov/
Increased Access,Growing Expectations• Increasing access has lead to increased expectations for opportunities such as: ▫ Interacting ▫ Organizing ▫ Creating ▫ Learning
The National Broadband Plan• FCC March 2010: ▫ Presents an ambitious agenda for expanding access. ▫ Emphasis on technology as “enabling”. ▫ Robust vision of connectivity.
Broadband AdoptionExhibit 3-1 from Connecting America | FCC March 2010
The Digital Divide• Is the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all.• Is a kind of capability deprivation. ▫ As the “world” moves online, those who aren’t are excluded.
Barriers to Adoption• Availability.• Cost.• Exclusion. ▫ Literacy.• Security.
More than Bandwidth or Access• The fuss about broadband, then, extends beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons. ▫ Broadband: What’s All the Fuss About? Pew Internet and American Life Project
Marketplace and/or Commons• 2 ways of viewing the internet: ▫ Marketplace: Access to goods Buying and selling ▫ Commons: Access to ideas Interaction and exchange
How do You See Broadband?• What role can it play?
Broadband Enabled Services• E-government ▫ Providing access to government information ▫ Providing space for engagement• E-commerce ▫ Access to the global marketplace• Technology training / digital literacy/ civic literacy
Local Government – Ontario county• Ontario County e-government ▫ http://www.co.ontario.ny.us/ ▫ Access to governmental information ▫ Online payments ▫ Property mapping
Local Government - eStrategies forLocal Governments• http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/curricula/e government/index.html• Online curriculum focused on strategies for local governments• From the National e-Commerce Extension Initiative
Links to select resources• Pew Internet and American Life Project ▫ http://pewinternet.org/• Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy ▫ http://www.knightcomm.org/• The National e-Commerce Extension Initiative ▫ http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/• The Participatory Budgeting Project ▫ http://www.participatorybudgeting.org/
Contact• Paul Treadwell ▫ Distance Learning Consultant ▫ Cornell Cooperative Extension ▫ 356 Roberts Hall ▫ Cornell University ▫ Ithaca, NY 14853 ▫ firstname.lastname@example.org ▫ http://www.paultreadwell.com ▫ @ptreadwell